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Woman indicted for setting fire to Nicholasville house

A Nicholasville woman was indicted for arson a month after she allegedly set the porch of her home ablaze.

Crystal Dumpierres, 34, of 45 Pinegrove Circle, Nicholasville, is facing a single charge of first-degree arson for the Dec. 10, 2019, fire.

According to court documents, Dumpierres admitted to setting the fire “in a plot for self harm” while her spouse was still inside the mobile home.

Jessamine County Fire District Chief Michael Rupard said the fire was reported shortly before 11 p.m. Dec. 10 at 45 Pinegrove Circle. A deputy sheriff was on scene within three minutes and reported heavy fire at the front of the house and found a woman behind the residence.

The man who was inside the house escaped on his own, Rupard said.

The fire ultimately destroyed the residence, and Rupard said he did not send firefighters inside the structure.

According to the incident reports, firefighters had the fire under control within about an hour. Approximately 12,500 gallons of water were used to extinguish the fire.

Dumpierres’ bond was set at $10,000 cash in Jessamine Circuit Court. She was arrested on the indictment warrant Jan. 8.

The Jessamine County grand jury also returned the following indictments Jan. 8.

— Sajy Anfous, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree strangulation.

— Edward Carroll, flagrant non-support.

— Aaron McElroy, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft by unlawful taking.

— Chance Brewer, receiving stolen property.

— Christopher Fowler, driving under the influence (fourth offense), first-degree possession of a controlled substance, driving on a suspended operator’s license and speeding.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0051.

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