Berks

Ontelaunee business' ex-employee charged with arson in 2009 fire

Business' ex-employee charged with arson in 2009 fire

ONTELAUNEE TWP., Pa. - A fire that damaged businesses in Ontelaunee Township in October 2009 was no accident, officials said Wednesday.

Billy Jo Keim was charged with arson and related offenses in connection with the fire on Willow Creek Road, near East Huller Lane.  The building housed "Majestic Coach Tours" and "Berks Truck Wash."

Keim, of Lenhartsville, worked at the building, and his boss was his landlord, according to court documents.

Keim admitted to setting the fire because he was upset that his boss told him he'd have to move out of the house he was living in, officials said.

Keim was charged with multiple counts of arson, criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He is free on $50,000 bail.


DISCLAIMER FOR COMMENTS: The views expressed by public comments are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the TERMS OF USE  and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Your comments may be used on air. Be polite. Inappropriate posts or posts containing offsite links may be removed by the moderator.

Allentown, PA 18102

26°F

Clear

TONIGHT

20°F

  • %

This Week's Circulars

Top Stories

Latest from the newsroom

More from the Newsroom