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Fire Destroys Judge's Home

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A fire destroys an eastern Kentucky judge's home.

Pike County District Judge Darrel Mullins' home in the Sidney community burned.

Investigators don't suspect foul play, but this happened weeks after his neighbor's home burned down.

Other neighbors are concerned.

Investigators don't think the two fires are related.

Judge Mullins and other living on Smith Cemetery Road say they've recently had power problems, but investigators don't think that caused the fires.

Pike County District Judge Darrel Mullins lost almost all he owns to a fire.

“As soon as I turned the corner, I could tell it was a total loss,” Judge Mullins said.

Judge Mullins was on the bench when it happened; his wife was at home, but made it out safely.

“We're all healthy and safe, and that's the main thing,” Judge Mullins said.

They're not the only ones on the block whose home burned.

Weeks ago, a fire destroyed a home two doors down.

Investigators haven't determined the exact cause of either fire yet, but Judge Mullins says both his and his neighbor's power went off a lot.

“We do not know of any connection at this point. At this point, we are currently investigating this fire itself,” David Broderick, Deputy State Fire Marshal, said.

The Deputy State Fire Marshal thinks the two close fires are a coincidence, but others are worried.

“It is scary. Well, you think, well huh, is everybody in this vicinity going to burn?” Betty Little said.

Betty Little says she also has problems with her electricity.

Power Company officials say that is normal and they've checked to make sure everything is safe.

Meanwhile, Judge Mullins is mourning the lose of many sentimental items.

“Things that cannot be replaced, but the memories are in our minds and hearts forever,” Judge Mullins said.

Several have tried to set up a fund for Judge Mullins, but he asks everyone to donate to the Red Cross or volunteer fire departments instead.

Other judges are taking care of his caseload this week.


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