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Man arrested for arson for fourth fire in five days

Fire crews in Winchester batter yet another house fire. This one broke out at a building on East Broadway, that houses both businesses and apartments.

Flames were shooting from the roof when fire crews got to the
There were three people in the upstairs that escaped before fire crews arrived. However, seven people were asleep in a neighboring apartment, and woke up only when fire crews knocked on the door.

"It was in the middle of the night. A knock of the door. And I wasn't really thinking about anything until I saw the fire," said one victim.

Some of the people who lived in the building were treated on the scene for minor problems. No one was hospitalized.

For members of the Winchester Fire Department, this is the fourth fire they've worked in five days.

"Taking a toll on us pretty well. It's tiring. We're a fairly small town, and we rely on all of our people as call back and everything. Four out of five nights now, at 2:30 in the morning, 3 o'clock in the morning, we've been out. So it's real tiring," said Batt. Chief Kenneth Williamson.

Some of the businesses downstairs did suffer water damage.

Within hours police arrested Johnny Wayne Hays They say he lived in the apartment but had been evicted two days before. He's currently in the Clark County Jail, charged with first degree arson. The Winchester fire investigator says he doesn't have any reason to believe Hays is connected to those earlier fires, but he does say the investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.


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