TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
By Jeff Noble / staff writer
The man arrested earlier this week for burglarizing the Corbin Ice Company plant a day before it caught fire has now confessed to setting the plant on fire.
The confession was announced by Corbin Police Friday morning.
Joshua Stevenson, 22, of Corbin confessed to both the arson of the facility, located on the Cumberland Falls Highway, as well as burglarizing it twice.
The facility was extensively damaged by a two-alarm fire Monday, during the early morning hours. Damage was estimated by fire officials at $1.5 million — $1 million to the property and $550,000 to the plant’s contents.
No one was injured in the blaze, which was fought by 40 firefighters and 12 fire apparatus vehicles from four departments.
In addition to the charges he faces from the burglary arrest, Stevenson’s now charged with second-degree arson, a Class B felony.
He remains jailed at the Whitley County Detention Center.
His court date is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday in Whitley County. Corbin Police Detectives Bill Rose and Rusty Hedrick will present the arson and burglary charges to the Whitley County grand jury.
Maj. Rob Jones of the Corbin Police Department said both crime scene and field investigations made by police, special agents and arson investigators helped to pull together the details of the burglaries that led to the arson charge.
He added the scene of the fire was processed by investigators for four days.
Special Agent Todd Tremaine and arson investigators from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called in to assist at the scene. They were joined by Corbin Police, the State Fire Marshall’s office, the Kentucky State Police arson investigator from Post 11 in London, arson investigators from the Corbin Fire Department, and the Knox County Sheriff’s Department.
Stevenson was arrested Monday at his home in Keavy by Corbin Police on five charges. Those charges were third-degree burglary, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana.
That was after Stevenson was seen on Corbin Ice surveillance cameras, taking approximately $1,000 in tools and money from company vehicles on Sunday — the day before the fire.
An arrest warrant was issued for Stevenson on Sunday, with police arresting him the next day.