Police: Man admits to pouring gasoline around house, lighting gas on fire

Jeffery D. Cook (Source: Paducah Police Department)
Jeffery D. Cook (Source: Paducah Police Department)

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – A Paducah man is accused of setting fire and trying to burn a house and vehicles.

Jeffery D. Cook, 34, of Jones Street, faces charges a charge of first-degree arson (attempt).

Police were called just before midnight Oct. 8 when a man saw a fire in his neighbor’s yard.

Paducah Fire Department firefighters identified a trail of gasoline leading from an alleyway to the front porch of a home in the 2600 block of Adams Street.

Det. Casey Steenbergen obtained surveillance video that showed a white man with a prosthetic right leg pouring what appeared to be gasoline from a gasoline can around the home.

Steenbergen identified the man as Jeffery D. Cook.

Cook was interviewed Tuesday morning by Steenbergen and admitted he had poured gasoline around the house and vehicles and lit the gasoline on fire, according to the Paducah Police Department.

Cook was arrested and booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.

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