December 4, 2012

Logansport man arrested in downtown fire

by Caitlin Huston

LOGANSPORT — A 52-year-old Logansport man awaits an initial hearing Wednesday after he was accused of starting the Thanksgiving day fire on Sixth Street.

Earl Westley Harding was arrested Monday on the charge of arson, for reportedly igniting the warehouse. Harding is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court, where he faces the class D felony of arson.

First Detective Sgt. D.J. Sommers said the Logansport Police Department brought Harding in for questioning Monday, after video evidence showed Harding in the area of the warehouse before the fire started.

In the interview, Sommers said Harding confessed to setting the fire, stating that he did not know why he had set it.

“The only real thing that he said is that he wasn’t in his right mind,” Sommers said.

Sommers said he did not believe Harding had a connection to the building. Harding remains in jail on a bond of $5,000 cash or $25,000 surety.