Man charged with arson after fire at men's shelter

Updated: Jun. 5, 2018 at 10:42 AM EDT
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James Devin Curtsinger (Source: LMDC)
James Devin Curtsinger (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man was arrested at University of Louisville Hospital after intentionally starting a fire at a men's shelter in downtown Louisville,

James Curtsinger, 53, of Louisville, was charged with arson and criminal mischief after starting a fire in his room on May 29. Investigators said Curtsinger covered his sprinkler in plastic before setting clothes and a mattress on fire.

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Video surveillance showed Curtsinger leaving the building after he started the fire. Moderate damage to the room was reported, with severe water damage estimated at more than $1,000.

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Hours after the incident, Curtsinger admitted to setting the fire on recorded 911 calls.

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