Investigation underway after Lincoln County home destroyed by fire

LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Michael Smith says his childhood home was still worth a lot of money but he says the what meant more to him you could never put a price tag on.

“This loss is 30 years of memories. Blood, sweat and tears. Putting this house together,” he said Tuesday, looking over the charred remains of the home he says his father built near the Lincoln-Casey County line just off Ky. 698.

Smith, who didn’t want his face on camera, says his father built most of this house in the 1970’s by hand.

“The stone from the inside came from Canada. A lot of petrified wood also,” he said of the unique materials used to build the home that overlooked a pristine valley in southwestern Lincoln County.

His father died four years ago and since then the home has not been lived in and no electricity was hooked up. Smith says it’s been the target of thieves.

“(There were) eight doors inside. They stole five of the doors from the inside. Left three, stole the doorknobs and hinges. Whatever they could take out of the house,” he said.

The Lincoln County Sheriff says they have had a problem with some minor thefts.

The fire broke out sometime overnight and the county fire chief says it was already ‘on the ground’ when firefighters arrived on scene about 5 a.m.

“It was priceless. It had value to it. The value was nothing compared to the sentimental value of it,” said Smith.

The Lincoln County fire chief says state police are looking into the cause because it had no electricity and there was no apparent ignition source

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