The case has been assigned to Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth, but an arraignment date has not yet been set.
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 the door, 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
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.
During questioning by defense attorney Edward Perry, Horton said all three boys pointed to Henry as the person who lit the fire.
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.
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“Seriously, one light from a lighter caused this fire?” Perry said, questioning whether that was enough to start a fire that large.
The defense attorney also pointed out there was no evidence other that the witnesses. The video shows only the four entering and exiting the building.
Cleanup will cost an estimated $100,000, according to police.
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