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Mother, father charged with arson appear in court

By: Wendy Enneking Email
By: Wendy Enneking Email

A Clark County couple will likely spend Christmas in jail, away from their seven children. This after they were charged with 2nd degree arson following a fire at their home last week.

The fire broke out in the early morning hours of December 17 at the home, located on East Broadway in Winchester.

Fire investigators initially believed the fire in the Poole family home started in the electrical outlet where the family's artificial Christmas tree was plugged in.

Winchester police now say Anthony and Debra Poole intentionally started the fire.

Investigators say the evidence found on the scene and the statements taken from the mother and father were inconsistent.

The family received an outpouring of support the following days from members of Grace Baptist Church, thinking the family and their children were in need of money and Christmas presents.

Now, the pastor says the money will be returned to those that gave or dispersed into other parts of the community.

Investigators even say the Poole family had a fire at their home in West Virginia several years ago.

No charges were filed, but they received an outpouring of support from the community at that time.

Winchester police say they are glad to put a stop to what they say is the Poole's attempt to take advantage of the community.

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