Birdseye man arrested for setting fire to Koerner Building

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Adam L. Hensley, 36, was arrested by Indiana State Police. Hensley was named as a suspect in the fire soon after it occurred.

Monday afternoon, Detective Brock Werne was investigating a complaint of residential entry and theft in the Birdseye area.  Information received by Werne led him to investigate 36-year-old Adam Hensley of Birdseye as a suspect.

At the same time, the State Fire Marshall’s Office was actively investigating the fire at the Koerner Block building, on State Road 145, Birdseye.  Investigators believed the fire had been set and were also looking for Hensley as a possible suspect in that crime.

Werne later found Hensley and placed him into custody for residential entry and criminal mischief. Hensley was transported to the Dubois County Security Center.

After taking Hensley to the Security Center, Hensley was charged with Arson based on the additional information that was gathered by the investigation of the Fire Marshall’s Office. According to police, it was determined that Hensley set the fire to the Koerner Block building escaped and had a witness  at the scene dial 911.

Hensley is charged with a Level 4 felony count of arson, a Level 6 felony count of residential entry and a Class B misdemeanor count of criminal mischief.

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