Grand jury indicts man firefighters call a “serial arsonist”


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man firefighters say set multiple fires and put lives in danger was indicted Monday by a grand jury.

Robert Bruce Stevens is facing 19 felony and two misdemeanor charges including multiple arson and burglary charges.

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Fire officials say they believe Stevens set 12 fires on Goodloe and Warnock streets over a 10-month period, starting in September 2017 until his arrest in July 2018.

The fires were set at three different residential properties, and one commercial property. Two of the properties suffered significant damage and had to be demolished.

“A serial arsonist is defined as a fire-setter who sets three or more fires with a significant cooling off period between fires,” said Lexington Fire Chief Kristin Chilton in a statement. “We believe Stevens meets the classification of a serial arsonist based on the pattern of fires set.”

Fire investigators believe Stevens was the only one who set the fires.

“Everything discovered during the investigation pointed to the fact that Stevens would have continued setting fires and endangering lives until caught,” Chilton said. “We believe Lexington is safer now that he has been identified and stopped.”