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Early morning fire destroys Estill County home


IRVINE, Ky. (WKYT) - Crews are investigating an early morning fire that destroyed a home in Estill County.

Flames could be seen shooting from the home around 3am Tuesday morning on Wall Street, just off Winchester Road, north of Irvine.

"We pretty much went into defensive mode. We couldn't make entry at that time. Had a metal roof on it which hindered us some," Derrick Muncie, with Estill County Fire Department told us.

Officials say neighbors called in the fire, but that by the time firefighters arrived on the scene, the roof had already collapsed. Once they got there, crews quickly asked neighbors if anyone was living inside, and when they found out the home was unoccupied, they focused on containing the flames.

"We're not seeing a whole lot of stuff inside at the time. We still haven't made an official determination who actually lives here," Muncie said.

We did some digging, though, and found out the homeowner is currently being held in the Estill County Jail. He was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning for a status hearing on dozens of felony gun charges that he faces. As for the cause of the fire, investigators on scene has their suspicions.

"No one was here, there's not a lot of furniture. Just some clues that point to some stuff that we're probably going to go ahead and notify the arson detective to clear up some stuff," Muncie continued.

We're told no one was injured. The estill county fire department has requested an arson investigator take a look at the property in the next few days. Fire officials say there was electricity running in the home when it caught fire.


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