Kentucky nursing home employee charged with arson

A Kentucky man was charged with arson for allegedly setting a fire in a resident's room at the nursing home where he is employed, ABC affiliate WHAS11 reported May 7.

Justin Campisano, 39, allegedly started the fire at Louisville-based Valhalla Post Acute nursing home May 1.

Anchorage Middletown Fire responded to the alarms and found a powered scooter chair already extinguished in the room. Authorities said the resident had left about 45 minutes earlier, and video surveillance showed Mr. Campisano left the room one minute before fire alarms went off, the report said.

The fire caused minimal damage to the building.

"The safety of our residents and staff remains our number one priority," the nursing home said in a statement shared with WHAS11. "The fire being reported in the media was immediately extinguished, no injuries were sustained and local emergency personnel responded quickly. The person charged regarding this event was removed from campus that evening and will not return. By law, we perform background checks for all employees and are not in violation of hiring ineligible individuals. Our internal investigation is ongoing and we are fully cooperating with law enforcement as well."

Mr. Campisano is expected back in court May 10.

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