Kentucky State Police investigate possible arson cases in Lincoln County

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

Police are investigating two suspicious fires in the Waynesburg community in Lincoln County.

They happened on two separate properties on Cemetery Road.

A pile of twisted metal and destroyed equipment is all that's left of one couple's hard work over many years.

"It's a sight you can't get out of your head, and you can't get that sound out of your mind," said Janice New.

New says they awoke just after 3 a.m. Tuesday to flames and explosions.

"The tires was blowing - propane tanks blowing," New said.

Their large storage shed that housed a pontoon boat, two campers, trucks and tractors, was on fire.

When it was all over, everything inside was a total loss.

"Can't go to the lake, can't go camping, can't do anything," said New.

The owners say there's more than $100,000 worth of property damage.

They say much of it was uninsured.

Kentucky State Police are investigating the fire as suspicious, along with another recent fire, also on Cemetery Road.

They say an unoccupied home, just around the corner from New's property, had no electricity - and caught fire just before 1 a.m. this past Saturday morning.

"If somebody done it I'd like them found, convicted, prosecuted," said New.

Until then, New is trying to figure out where to go from here - knowing that some things can't be replaced.

"Everything in these campers was lmy mothers and my grandmother's," New said.

Up to a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Anyone with information is asked to contact KSP at 1-800-222-5555, or the Arson Tip Line at 1-800-272-7766.


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