Teen faces 3 murder counts in New Albany fire

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Authorities say a New Albany house fire where three young children died began when a teenager fired a flare into the home in a property dispute with one of the residents.

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said Tuesday that 18-year-old Cody Cashion of New Albany faces three counts of murder and one count of arson resulting in injury.

"We have no indication that he believed the house was occupied or that there were children inside," said Henderson.

Cashion also faces attempted murder charges after slamming into a police officer during a chase just four days after the fire.

The Jan. 4 fire caused the smoke inhalation deaths of 2-year-old Trinity Hughes, 4-year-old Tyrese Hughes and 6-year-old Tai'zah Hughes.

A fourth child, 5-year-old Taty'ana Hughes, was rescued by firefighters and remains hospitalized in Indianapolis. Her mother tells WAVE-TV in Louisville the girl is doing better, but still has a breathing tube in place.

Cashion already was in custody facing charges including attempted murder of a police officer after allegedly crashing his car into a police cruiser on Jan. 8.

It wasn't immediately clear if Cashion has an attorney.