Bullitt County man wanted for arson in E'town

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No one hurt in blaze

By Kelly Cantrall

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Bullitt County man who is suspected of causing a house fire, according to Elizabethtown Police Department.


Justin Ray Cothern, 27, is suspected of second degree arson in connection to a fire that damaged a house at 603 E. Dixie Ave. on Sunday evening.

No one was injured in the fire.

Cothern is a white male, stands 6-foot-2 inches tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds, according to an EPD news release.

The owner of the property is Butch Berger, according to Elizabethtown Fire Department  Chief Mike Hulsey. A woman, Sarah Hodge, lived there as well, along with a child. The American Red Cross is assisting them.

EFD received a call to respond to the home at 9:02 p.m. The fire was spread throughout the home when they arrived and was declared under control at 9:30 p.m.

No one was home at the time.

Anyone with information about Cothern’s whereabouts should contact EPD at 270-765-4125 or Hardin County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-597-8123. There are other active warrants for Cothern that are unrelated to the fire, according to the news release.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at 270-505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.