One Day After Man Is Arrested His House Burns Down

By: Jeff Gould Email
By: Jeff Gould Email

The day after being arrested following a dispute, a man's home burns down.

The Harlan County Sheriff's Department is investigating the house fire, but some are already saying the timing is suspicious.

It happened at Paul Rogers house in Evarts overnight.

Rogers is already in jail after police say he pistol whipped a man over some allegedly stolen alcohol.

WYMT reported Sunday night that Paul Rogers of Red Bud was arrested after he says he accidentally shot someone in the ear.

While Rogers was in the Harlan County Detention Center, his house burned to the ground.

WYMT’s Jeff Gould spoke with Rogers and found out that he had no idea about what happened to his home.

“I had a nice home there, and now if it's destroyed, I don't know what I'll do,” Rogers said.

A 73 year old man behind bars and defenseless as flames destroy the house he built himself.

Paul Rogers was arrested for shooting a man after he allegedly stole bootlegged beer from Rogers.

Now police are saying the cause of the fire is suspicious.

“As for suspects, we have some people in mind of course, and we're going to relay that to the state police,” Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipfird said.

Rogers believes the fir was suspicious, “But now, I do have some enemies, and there may be a connection with something that happened Saturday night.”

Rogers is charged with multiple felonies, including criminal intent to commit murder. But he says the shooting was a mistake.

“I did not mean to do that. If I had to do it over again, I would go bare-handed, and leave it at home,” Rogers said.

So far police have not determined a cause, but an arson investigator is looking into the fire.

Rogers tells us that he lives alone, so no one was in the house at the time of the fire.

Now, the Harlan County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help.

If you have any information about that cause of this fire, call them at (606) 573-1313.

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  • by neighbor Location: Evarts on Oct 30, 2007 at 03:23 PM
    I never knew of this man hurting anyone and ive known him since i was young..he's practically a hermit...and for someone to do brings me to tears honestly..JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED...
  • by Shane Location: Lawrenceburg on Oct 30, 2007 at 01:49 PM
    Being from Eastern KY myself, this does not at all shock me. It's pretty obvious that someone close to the person he pistol-whipped, shot, whatever depending on who you believe...burnt his house down to the ground. Too many people in that area read the Old Testament where it gets to the "eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth part" and then they stop reading the Bible and think that God says it's their right to take retribution against others instead of reading to the part about Jesus where it says that we are to forgive those who trespass against us and pray for them, period.
  • by lynn Location: some where on Oct 30, 2007 at 07:44 AM
    i really feel sorry for this man .what else are you all goung to take from him.he was trying to protect what was his;you all should let him go and see the damages.iam sure that might make him feel a little bit better.
  • by Bill on Oct 30, 2007 at 03:13 AM
    Another case of Eastern Ky justice.I wonder what he had in his home, that the great democrat was afraid of. As allways, we will never know.No evidence will ever be found.
  • by doug lamb Location: harlan on Oct 29, 2007 at 05:13 PM
    free paul rogers his a good man


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