Man arrested, accused of setting several dumpsters on fire across Lexington

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Posted at 11:08 AM, Apr 14, 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The case against a man charged with a series of dumpster fires moves on to a grand jury.

Lexington firefighters arrested James Ryan Purdy on April 14 in connection with setting fires that took place in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 10 and Thursday, April 14.

Purdy is accused of setting at least 15 fires, 14 dumpsters, and 1 car. He faces charges of 14 counts of criminal mischief in the second degree and one count of arson (because of the car).

During a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning, a fire investigator testified that Purdy confessed to setting fires after he was arrested. The judge says she believes Purdy is a danger to public.

His bond remains at $10,000 full cash.

Purdy is in custody at the Fayette County Detention Center.