Man changes plead to not guilty by reason of insanity in Middletown warehouse fire, court documents say

Man changes plead to not guilty by reason of insanity in Middletown warehouse fire, court documents say
Joshua Lamb was charged with arson in connection to a Middletown warehouse fire. (Source: City of Middletown)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (FOX19) - A man who was charged with arson in connection with a fire at a vacant Middletown warehouse changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity, court documents say.

Joshua Lamb, 36, admitted to starting the January fire at the Middletown Paper Board Company and fleeing the scene, according to Middletown Police Chief David Birk.

“He admitted to starting the fire to stay warm... went to get more firewood, and when he came back, his bedding and other items were on fire,” Birk said.

Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli called damage to the building “catastrophic”.

Lamb was ordered to undergo a court-ordered evaluation and is due back in court on July 25.

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