Ross Compton

Middletown homeowner facing felonies for house fire

Ross Compton, 59, has been indicted by a Butler County grand jury on felony charges of aggravated arson and insurance fraud for allegedly starting the fire on Sept. 19 at his home.

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Middletown fire investigators said there were multiple points of origin of the fire from the outside of the residence, according to a search warrant obtained by this news outlet.

In his 911 call, Compton told dispatchers “everyone” was out of the house, but at the end of the call he is heard saying to someone “get out of here now.”

Police said Compton gave statements that were “inconsistent” with the evidence at the fire. He also gave conflicting statements to the ones he told the 911 operator, police said.

The fire caused about $400,000 in damages to the structure and contents of the 2,000-square-foot home on Court Donegal, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Spaulding.

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