Ky. man accused of setting Columbus fire

Ricky Lovins. (Provided Photo/Bartholomew County Jail)
Ricky Lovins. (Provided Photo/Bartholomew County Jail)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — A Kentucky man has been arrested after firefighters spotted him at two fire scenes in Columbus, 24-Hour News 8’s news partner, The Republic, reports.

Ricky D. Lovins, 54, was arrested on a preliminary felony charge of arson in connection to a dumpster fire at one of Cummins’ facilities in Columbus. Firefighters noticed Lovins at two fires in Columbus — the other was a car fire — but he’s so far only been tied to the one fire.

The car fire happened just before 3 a.m. Saturday near Fourth and Pearl streets, while the trash fire at Cummins happened before 7 a.m. Firefighters said Lovins was nearby, watching them extinguish the fires in both cases.

He was being held at the Bartholomew County Jail Monday.

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