Westport man indicted for setting house fire with 3 inside

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

A Westport man has been indicted by an Oldham County grand jury for a Sept. 12 house fire police say he set with his girlfriend and her family members inside.

Keith Evridge, 36, is charged with arson, three counts attempted murder, two counts fourth-degree assault, resisting arrest and is also charged for being a persistent felony offender.

Evridge’s home, located at 6418 Washington Street in Westport, burned Sept. 12.

According to the indictment, Evridge allegedly set fire to the house with Myra McGuire, Jordan McGuire and Brittany Parrish inside.

In September, Oldham County Police spokesperson Chris Morris said shortly before the fire began, officers visited Evridge’s home after he requested that police remove his girlfriend from his house.

Police advised Evridge that the woman, who has lived with him in the house for more than 10 years, couldn’t be forced to leave as it is her primary residence.

Evridge is the sole owner of the house, and police recommended that Evridge begin a legal process for eviction if he wanted his girlfriend to move out, Morris said.

Less than an hour later, witnesses say Evridge poured gasoline on the floor of his home and started a fire while his girlfriend, girlfriend’s daughter and an 18-year-old relative occupied the house.

Firefighters from Westport, North Oldham and La Grange fire departments worked to contain the fire.

The rear of Evridge’s home sustained substantial damage in the blaze.

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