Teen accused in massive Hamilton warehouse fire gets new trial date

Logan Henry, left, with attorney Edward Perry, in Buter County Common Pleas Court Thursday. Henry is charged with arson for allegedly setting a fire last summer that caused huge fire at a Hamilton warehouse NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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Logan Henry, left, with attorney Edward Perry, in Buter County Common Pleas Court Thursday. Henry is charged with arson for allegedly setting a fire last summer that caused huge fire at a Hamilton warehouse NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

A September trial date was set Thursday for a teen accused of setting fire to a Hamilton warehouse that caused a massive blaze at the block-long building last summer.

Logan Henry, 18, was indicted in November on 13 counts including aggravated arson, arson and breaking and entering. He was 17 at the time of the alleged crimes.

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Henry, of the 500 block of Valley View in Hamilton, was in Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Keith Spaeth’s courtroom for a hearing. His April trial date was continued last week. Henry’s trial is now scheduled for Sept. 8.

He is free on a $115,000 bond.

Security videos from neighboring businesses showed four males who looked to be juveniles enter the warehouse during the early-morning hours of July 25, according to police. Minutes later, they ran out, and flames were soon visible.

Henry is the teen police say set the fire.

Hamilton Detective Robert Horton testified during a probable cause hearing that investigators were able to identify the four males seen on the video and question three of them.

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The teens said they were hanging out and entered the west side of the warehouse through a door. They were climbing on a bin of plastic when Henry put a lighter to the plastic, Horton said during testimony.

“He (Henry) took a lighter, lit the plastic while they were on top of it, they jumped down and ran out,” Horton said.

Horton said there was no evidence an accelerant was used to light the fire, but Henry said they all attempted to put out the fire before leaving the building.

The remains of the building in the city’s Lindenwald neighborhood have been razed. The cleanup was estimated to cost $100,000, according to police.

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