On October 12, 2018 at approximately 10:17 PM, Jefferson County Central Dispatch received a call of a house fire located at 2263 S SR 62 Hanover.
The 911 caller reported that the house was fully engulfed. Fire units from Hanover Fire Department and Kent Fire Department responded to the fire scene. Additional Fire fighters were requested from Lexington Fire Department in Scott County as well as a Tanker truck to help battle the fire.
Fire personnel remained on scene until approximately 1:35 AM on October 13, 2018. The home was currently unoccupied.
Fire Investigators from the Hanover Fire Department started their investigation into the cause of the fire. They ultimately determined that the fire was intentionally started.
Their investigation was turned over to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department on Friday November 30, 2018. Det. Yancy Denning then followed up on the investigation.
On Monday, December 3, 2018 Det. Denning interviewed 23 year old William Andrew Desch at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. William Andrew Desch has been a firefighter with the Hanover Fire Department for approximately 4 years.
During the interview William Andrew Desch admitted to intentionally setting the house on fire on October 12, 2018. William Andrew Desch went on to say he went back to the residence two more times after the initial fire and started two other fires. Those fires did not spread throughout the residence and fire personnel were not notified to respond.
Willian Andrew Desch was charged with three counts of level 4 felony arson and 2 counts of level 4 felony counts of burglary.
He is currently incarcerated in the Jefferson County Jail awaiting his initial hearing.
The Hanover Fire Department was extremely cooperative during the course of the investigation