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Community Members Have Seen 13 Homes Burned In The Last Several Months

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Police are calling it arson and residents in one eastern Kentucky community say they're afraid for their homes after 13 houses have burned down in the last several months...

Most of the homes are abandoned, but residents fear the fires may spread to where they live.

Three days after the latest fire in Wallins, you can still see it smoldering.

Darice Shivelhood lives next door and says at one point she thought her home would be next.

Darice says the fires have become way too common.

The Wallins Fire Chief says most of the fires are at homes considered to be in a flood plain.

Residents have been reaching settlements with the Army Corp of Engineers and the chief says as soon as they leave.

Chief Dean Green says his department, which is already strapped for funds, has fought about 15 arsons since the fall and it's taking a toll.

Kentucky State Police are investigating, but say they're still not sure who's setting the fires.

Darice Shivelhood just wants to see it stop.

WYMT talked with a spokesperson with the Army Corps of Engineers and they say contractors take care of buildings from flood plain settlements, but burning homes down is not something they would do.


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