Whitley County firefighters investigating at least five suspicious fires in past week

Published: Jan. 10, 2019 at 12:51 PM EST
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Update 01/11 6:60 p.m.

The Corbin Fire Department says that they've had no reports of any new fires as of this morning.

This comes after five different house fires this week.

Investigators think that most of them were set intentionally.

None of the homes were occupied at the time of the fires, which raised suspicion.

With no new reports of fires, the total count of the fires remains at 5.


Whitley County firefighters are investigating at least five fires in the past week that they called "suspicious".

Not much is left of what was once a home on Fairview in Corbin. The vacant home was destroyed in a fire at about 2 a.m. Tuesday.

"Woke up this morning and my house was on fire," said Oscar Veach.

Veach's house was soon to be his home.

"It was a brick home, brand new floors, and everything put in it. Never had a chance to move back in," said Veach.

Veach said his grandma left it for him. He was preparing to move back in.

This is not the first fire that officials have received calls on lately.

On Wednesday, the chief of the Woodbine Fire Department told our reporter they had two more suspicious fires at abandoned or vacant homes that morning. The Oak Grove Fire Department said it responded to several arson-related fires on Monday and Tuesday.

The captain of the Corbin Fire Department said it is frustrating to spend resources on fires that are intentionally set.

"It makes it dangerous for the firefighters responding, going into a fire," said Captain James Smith. "It's something that we are ready to do but if we don't have to we would rather not do it."

Most of the homes have been empty, but investigators said the arsonists are destroying a lot of property. One of the homes that burned in Woodbine had recently been remodeled.

All the fires are under investigation by the various fire departments in Corbin, White Oak, Rockholds and Woodbine. At least five of the fires took place in the early morning hours, and officials said there are a few telltale signs that they were intentionally set.

"Mostly it's vacant. No utilities. No one is supposed to be in the house. No reason why it should catch on fire without some kind of outside influence," said Captain Smith.

Kentucky State Police has not been asked to help with the investigation at this time.

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