Ky. man accused of setting Columbus fire

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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