The Clay County Sheriff's Department informed The Brazil Times Thursday afternoon that Daniel T. Kopacz, 27, Terre Haute, has been charged with a class B felony arson charge, a class B felony burglary of a residence charge and resisting law enforcement after admitting to authorities his involvement in a residential fire in Clay City Wednesday evening.
During the investigation, Kopacz admitted to Chief Deputy Rob Gambill that he set the fire, which caused extensive damage to the residence and the property outside.
A fire marshal with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Division of Fire and Building Safety investigated the scene Thursday and determined the fire was not caused by any weather related event or accidental cause from within the home. Chemicals that could have been used as accelerants were discovered in areas of the home.
A full story will appear in Friday's edition of The Brazil Times.