Reward offered for arrest in Saltlick barn fire |

Reward offered for arrest in Saltlick barn fire

A Fayette County man is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that would lead to the arrest and prosecution of whoever may have been responsible for a fire that destroyed his barn.

Kenneth “Chip” Nicholson Jr. announced the reward on Monday in connection with the Nov. 14 fire at his barn at 359 Imel Road in Saltlick.

The cause and origin of the blaze could not be determined, according to Trooper Russell Freed, an assistant deputy fire marshal with state police at Uniontown. Freed said an investigation is ongoing.

About 18 cows that were inside the barn were let out prior to the 1:42 a.m. fire, Freed said.

The barn fire was reported to Fayette 911 less than a half hour before a second fire at a lumber yard on Indian Creek Valley Road in nearby Springfield owned by Nicholson’s father, Kenneth Nicholson Sr.

Civil court records indicate Nicholson Jr. had been operating a sawmill business at the lumber yard, but he and his father are in a legal battle over an alleged $700,000 debt and various pieces of farming equipment.

Freed said the cause and origin of the lumber yard fire could not be determined, but the investigation remains open.

Anyone with information that would assist police is asked to call the Uniontown barracks at 724-439-711 or Kenneth Nicholson Jr. at 724-455-4007.

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