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Six first responders injured during arson


SUGAR CAMP – Monday morning a man reportedly set two trailers on fire on Sugar Camp, off of Dixie Avenue in Salyersville, barricaded himself in the second mobile home, then assaulted all first responders who tried to remove him from the burning structure.

Early on June 22 crews were called to the left-hand fork of Sugar Camp, where Frank Ross, 37, whose address is listed in that same area, set two trailers on fire, attacked and assaulted several EMS, fire and police personnel, barricaded himself inside the second mobile home he had set on fire, and assaulted anyone who tried to remove him from the burning structure. 

According to officials, Ross threw whatever he could get his hands on at the first responders, including a reese hitch, canned food and Mason jars, injuring six people trying to respond.

Of the six, three fire fighters required medical attention at the hospital for stitches, one to the forehead, one to the mouth, and one to the hand.

Salyersville Police Chief Matthew Watson said, “He was actually sitting in there and when we would try to make entry into the house to get him, he would throw whatever he could lay his hands on.”

Authorities tried everything, even resorting to using the fire hose, to try to get him out of the residence and to stop his attacks on them, with nothing having any effect on him.

In the end, they used a city-owned backhoe to rip off the end of the trailer to get him out before the second trailer burned down with him inside. Once they gained entry into the home, Ross continued to resist, with officials apprehending him after using Mace on him several times.

Several officials on the scene described Ross as being “completely out of control” and “out of his mind.”

Ross was cited at the hospital, where he was admitted into ICU. He is facing at least 12 charges, including two counts of first-degree arson, eight counts of first-degree assault, and two counts of first-degree assault of a police officer, as well as disorderly conduct, second-degree burglary, and theft by unlawful taking.

The investigation, being led by Salyersville Police Department Mike Nickels, is ongoing, with authorities believing the case to be drug-related. 

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.


Heather Oney

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