One charged in downtown Winchester blaze
Published 8:11 am Friday, June 2, 2017
Winchester Police arrested a man overnight in connection with a fire across from Leeds Center for the Arts.
Billy Joe Ross, 59, was arrested early this morning and charged with first-degree arson for the blaze, according to the Clark County Detention Center.
Winchester Fire-EMS responded to a structure fire late Thursday night at 40 S. Main St. Video of the event shows heavy fire coming from the second floor when firefighters arrived. Winchester Fire-EMS Battalion Chief Scotty Bell said three people were rescued with the department’s ladder truck and several others escaped through the back of the building.
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Bell said the fire was controlled within about 20 minutes but firefighters from Winchester and Clark County stayed on scene for a couple more hours.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.