Arson investigators looking for answers in latest cases

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The smoke is gone, but the tape still remains reminding everyone of the fire that was set last Thursday at the playground by the Russell School Community Services Center on Toner Street.

Then just a few days later, on Sunday, a fire was set inside an empty apartment on Hollow Creek. Now, firefighters are saying they have a problem that needs to be solved.

"We've decided in both of those incidents, that was due to arson," stated Battalion Chief Joe Best of the Lexington Fire Department.

The damage at both places is very real, and Battalion Chief Best said the crime is posing a risk to the community.

"We want to be sure we get this person and keep the community safe," he said.

The reason firefighters are really worried is that this crime isn't just destructive, but in the case of the apartment complex it could've been deadly.

"There were actually people sleeping in that structure. That is just as dangerous as pointing a gun at somebody, you know, fire is deadly," answered Best.

The Battalion Chief went on to cite 2012 statistics where nationwide a person died from a fire every three hours

"It is a problem nationwide," he stated, "we try to stay on top of it, though. Obviously prevention is the first line of defense."

Although to prevent these intentionally set fires, the suspect or suspects must be found and firefighters hope that can be done before another case crosses their desk. If you have any information that might help the investigators you are asked to call the arson tip line at 231-5672 or email Your tip can remain anonymous.

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