Man charged with violating burn ban in Laurel County

Thomas Saylor, of London, was arrested 9-20-19, charged with violating a local burn ban by starting a fire to burn some leaves while under the influence

LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man was charged Friday with violating a burn ban in Laurel County, according to deputies.

Investigators say a deputy on routine patrol Friday afternoon saw smoke rising from behind several businesses on Murray Lane, off West Highway 80 in London.

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After calling the London Fire Department, the deputy says he saw a man sitting in the middle of the fire that was burning around him, eating a hamburger.

Investigators say as the deputy tried to remove the man from the fire area, the man yelled at the deputy and tried to fight him.

Investigators say the man became irate and stated he was an American war general of West Virginia.

Deputies arrested the man, identified as 44-year old Thomas Saylor, of London.  Investigators say Saylor set the fire to try to burn leaves.  They also say he was under the influence.

Investigators say Saylor was charged with violating the local burn ban; resisting arrest; public intoxication-controlled substances and disorderly conduct 2nd degree.

He was taken to the Laurel County correctional center.