Arson arrest made in connection to 4 fires, including C&G Dry Cleaning

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – An arrest has been made in Vincennes in connection to the C&G Quality Dry Cleaning Services fire as well as multiple other fires in Knox County.

Deputy Marshal Matt Wells, of The Indiana Fire Marshal’s Office arrested James Beamon, 22, after officials report he admitted to starting multiple fires and attempting to start another.

James Beamon, Provided Photo
James Beamon, Provided Photo

Documents state Beamon admitted to starting the late night fire on May 21 that destroyed &G Quality Dry Cleaning Services in Vincennes.

Fire officials stated active chemicals used in the dry cleaning process burned quickly, making the fire tough to extinguish.

“The fire advanced so quickly, it’s a dry cleaning business so all that got started, I mean we couldn’t put enough water on it fast enough,” said Vincennes Fire Chief, Gordon Becher.

Official documents report Beamon admitted to starting a fire in December of 2011 at Gimbel Bond, a garage fire on Washington Street in June of 2013 and the Pine Box on Washington Avenue last March. He also admitted he tried to start a fire at The Attic this past May.

Beamon faces four counts of arson, one count of attempted arson and i count of probation violation.

Vincennes Fire Investigators assisted in the arrest.

He is being held at the Knox County Jail.

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