Mobile Home Fire Could Be Result Of Arson-For-Hire Plot

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

A mobile home destroyed in a fire, a man injured in a scooter crash, and a possible arson-for-hire plot.

WYMT's Marie Luby explains why police are investigating all three, after a chaotic morning on lost creek road in Perry County.

The six people living here and four relatives visiting woke up in a panic around 4:30 Tuesday morning..

“When I got up the whole trailer was smoke coming up through the vents and fire was coming up through them,” Laura Campbell said.

“All we got is what we got on right now,” Campbell said.

Laura Campbell thinks this was no accident and says she knows who's responsible.

“He had pitched gas in under the floor and set it on fire and he tried to get away, and my son jumped out the door and caught him,” Campbell said.

Campbell told police the man admitted to her he'd been paid one thousand dollars to burn her home down.

Relatives we talked to say there's been a long-standing feud among some family members, and Laura Campbell believes more than one person may be involved.

The man now charged with arson and 10 counts of wanton endangerment says the hiring plot is a lie.

“That's ridiculous, that's something they made up, I don't know why, but they did,” Elbert Neace Jr. said.

Elbert Neace Junior tells us from jail he crashed his scooter here on his way to work and knocked on the side of Campbell's home for help.

Neace says that's when the fire started and Campbell's son pinned him to the ground until police came.

Neace was treated for a broken ankle from the crash.

“I just thank God they're out, you know we got them all out and they didn't get hurt,” Campbell said.

It's the one thing all those involved seem to agree on.

Campbell says her family has contacted the Red Cross for help.


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