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Man accused of arson in fire at historic Hastings factory building

HASTINGS, MI — A 21-year-old man is charged with arson and three other felonies for a massive fire that destroyed the former Royal Coach building in Hastings.

Barry County prosecutors announced the charges Thursday, Oct. 15 against Keigan Sochor.

The fire happened early Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Multiple fire departments responded to the scene, at East Mill and Hanover streets, to fight the fire. It could be seen from considerable distance.

A plan was in the works to turn the former factory into apartment housing.

Sochor, arraigned Thursday, is charged with third-degree arson, preparation to burn property $20,000 or more and two counts of entry without breaking with intent.

A judge issued a $250,000 bond.

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