New Castle man charged with arson in connection with 4 house fires

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NEW CASTLE, Ind. – New Caste police arrested a man accused of starting multiple house fires last week.

Joshua Dunham, 24, was arrested on four counts of Arson, a Level 4 Felony in connection with the four structure fires that occurred in the early morning hours of June 6.

Investigators tell FOX 59, a neighbor handed over footage from one of his home surveillance cameras, which captured a suspicious vehicle.  Detectives reportedly tracked that vehicle to Dunham.

"The video was the key part to the investigation. We are extremely lucky that nobody was injured and extremely lucky that we had community members come forward and provide information," explains Joe Bergacs, the Henry County Prosecutor.

The fires began around 3:30 a.m., prompting a response from New Castle firefighters as well as several volunteer fire departments.

Four fires were at vacant homes and three or four other homes were damaged by radiant heat, according to New Castle Fire Chief Mark Boatright. Boatright said the fires were suspicious in nature.

The fires included the following locations:

  • 17th and D
  • 16th and F
  • Two at 19th between G and H

A family of four reportedly lived in one of the homes on 19th but were not home when the fire started. All the homes were total losses.