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Man arrested for setting fire


MIDDLE FORK – A Magoffin County man was arrested last Friday for allegedly setting a fire in his daughter’s home that resulted in the death of three dogs.

According to the arrest citation, on Friday night, September 15 the Middle Fork Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call at a home on Cranes Nest Road, eight miles south of Salyersville. 

Randall Roy Howard, 57, of Salyersville, reportedly told the fire department that he set the fire, but by the time Magoffin County Sheriff Department Officer Tipton arrived, Howard had fled the scene, though his son-in-law found him in the creek.

According to the police report, Howard admitted to law enforcement that he had taken a gallon jug of diesel and placed it in front of the door on the inside of his daughter’s trailer. The reportedly told police that he then set the diesel on fire and had to kick out the kitchen window in order to escape the fire he started. 

Three dogs were killed in the fire, according to the arrest citation.

Howard is currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, facing one charge of third-degree arson (a Class D felony) and three charges of second-degree cruelty to animals (a Class A misdemeanor). 

He is scheduled for a court hearing on September 25 at 9 a.m.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.




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