Update: Man At Scene of Horse Shoe Camp Fire Is Arrested

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By Kayla Vanover | 

WARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Warren County Sheriff's Department arrested a man who was at the scene of 8264 Louisville Road, on Tuesday, while a fire arose.

The historic Horse Shoe Camp, on Louisville Road, was engulfed in flames a little after three o'clock Tuesday afternoon.

Upon arrival, police found 27-year-old Preston Wettstein, of Oakland, in the area of the fire. Sheriff "Peanuts" Gaines says the man was quote, "high on something". Medical Center officials took him to the emergency room for related injuries. After he was released, he was then arrested for three charges; burglary third degree, alcohol intoxication and disorderly contact.

Sheriff Gaines says he believes the fire was the result of a methamphetamine lab explosion.

The Warren County Sheriff's family has owned this property since 1951. The motel is registered under the United States National Register of Historic Places.

Sheriff Gaines says this is the second oldest motel in Warren County and was most popular when HWY 31 W was the only route between Louisville and Nashville.

"They used to have 90% occupancy. When they built I-65, it died. I was 12 years old when we started, I was raised here and it's just kind of my home place, ya know," said Sheriff Gaines, owner's brother.

Sheriff Gaines says his sister and brother-in-law took ownership of the facility after their mother died.

"Momma had the beds made in there she had clothes stacked in there. Some of my clothes have been in there for years," said Sheriff Gaines, owner's brother.

After speaking to the owners of Horse Shoe Camp, they say the future of the historical motel is still unknown.

Warren County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate this blaze and says they are still searching for another suspect.

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