NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) — The Nicholasville woman accused of setting her own bakery on fire pled not guilty Friday.

In 2022, CNC Bakery had equipment stolen and its building burned down. Then in September 2022 authorities charged owner Lana Rowland and charged her with second-degree arson for the July fire.

Nicholasville police told FOX 56 Rowland set her bakery on fire to collect insurance checks, but Rowland and her attorney said that isn’t true.


“I think one of the key features that Ms. Rowland has maintained and expressed all along is that this business is her passion, and this was her manner of making a living. She will be glad to tell the jurors about the fact that this is certainly not something she wanted to destroy, this was a dream of hers and she would not set out to destroy her own dream,” said Rowland’s Attorney Jeremy Bartley.

Rowland is set to appear in court again in May.