Louisville man charged with arson in 6th St. house fire

The man said he set the house on fire to ‘get rid of memories.’
At the scene of the arson on S. 6th Street in Louisville.
At the scene of the arson on S. 6th Street in Louisville.(WAVE 3 News)
Published: Oct. 8, 2018 at 2:18 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man has been charged with arson in connection to a house fire that happened Saturday night on South 6th Street.

Police arrested Alex Probus, 31, at the scene. Probus confessed to setting the house on fire.

Probus told police he started the blaze to “get rid of memories” and wanted to burn the whole house down.

Alex Probus. (Source: LMDC)
Alex Probus. (Source: LMDC)(LMDC)

The police report states that Probus also left notes on the fence which read “run” and told witnesses he was going to go burn down another house.

On Saturday, a call came in at 9:46 p.m. of a house fire in the 2600 block of South 6th Street, Metrosafe said.

Once on scene, crews found a working house fire. No injuries were reported. Firefighters fought for about 20 minutes before it was controlled.

It was a slow but scary and shocking realization for neighbor Kriss Groth.

“When I pulled back the blinds to look out the window, I just saw flames and I felt the heat,” Groth said. “I didn’t know where it was coming from, if the house next door was on fire, or what was on fire, I just knew something was on fire.”

Groth said she was just watching TV just before 10 p.m. that night, when her dog started barking at the window. She says she didn’t think much of it until she noticed the blue and red flashing lights.

“I automatically thought that it was that house, a domestic call, because there have been a lot of domestic calls to that house,” said Groth.

Probus does not have any prior felony charges and the motive is still unknown.

He has been charged with arson in the second degree. His bond was set at $75,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for October 18th at 9 a.m.

Metro Arson is investigating the incident.

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