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Crestwood man charged with setting house on fire, killing cat

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By Amanda Manning

A Crestwood man told police that he burned down a home because he had “bad childhood memories” there.

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At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, several Oldham County Fire Departments were dispatched to the 7300 block of Peyton Avenue in Crestwood. 

When firefighters and police arrived to the scene, several individuals told them that Eric Daniel Martin, 31, had set the fire.

“We were notified by the Oldham County Arson Squad, due to some statements that were heard by family members,” Oldham County Police Major Neil Johnson said.

Pewee Valley, South Oldham, Worthington, and Ballardsville Fire Departments and Oldham County EMS responded to the scene.

“The house was fully involved in flames when the first units arrived and ended in a total loss before the fire could be extinguished,” Oldham County Emergency Management Director Jerry Nauert said.

Martin told police that he lit several pieces of paper on fire in a chair near the center of the home, and then left with his dog, according to the arrest citation.

His cat died in the fire, that Martin knowingly left locked in a pet kennel, according to police records.

No other individuals were inside the home during the fire and there were no other injuries.

Martin also told police that the home used to belong to his uncle and the property is currently in probate court.

Martin is charged with third degree arson, wanton endangerment and torturing a dog or cat with serious physical injury or death.

Martin is currently detained at the Oldham County Detention Center. His bail is set at $51,000. 

The case remains under investigation.