Edmonson Voice Staff
The State Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate three recent fires that occurred within a 24 hour period, according to Kyrock Fire Chief Mike Clubb.
Firefighters responded to a blaze at a house on Morgantown Road Saturday, May 21 around 6am. They cleared the scene in a relatively short amount of time but were called back later in the day after the blaze rekindled. Initial reports were that the home was abandoned, but someone had been living there part-time while renovations were underway.
Clubb said that later that night into the early Sunday morning hours, another fire was reported at an abandoned home in the 9000 block of HWY 259N in Bee Spring. The home was reportedly a bank repo, owned by a finance company and had been vacant for at least a year.
Clubb also said that within hours, the firefighters responded to yet another abandoned home, this time, directly across the road from the house that burnt on Saturday.
"The first one on Morgantown Road didn't really seem suspicious at first," Clubb said. "It had electricity, but the one in Bee Spring had no electric, so we had some questions. When the call came in on the other fire on Morgantown Road just across from the first fire, we decided to notify the State Fire Marshal."
Clubb said all three fires were fully involved when firefighters arrived and that none of them could be saved. "There was around a five minute response time to these fires after the call came in," he said. "Once a fire gets to a certain point, it's out of our hands."
He said several things point to arson in these fires but didn't speculate much more. "We won't know until the investigation is complete, but three fires within 24 hours, two at vacant homes, one where no one was there, and two being across the road from each other is obviously very suspicious."
Bear Creek, Lincoln, Brownsville, and Kyrock VFDs all responded to the calls.
Clubb urged anyone with any info to contact the Kentucky State Police at 270-782-2010.