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Harrodsburg warehouse fire now considered suspicious by state police


HARRODSBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - We've learned new details about the investigation into a fire that damaged a central Kentucky warehouse. As we first told you Monday night at 11, the fire damaged Turpin Masonry in Harrodsburg. And now state police are calling the fire suspicious.

State police tell us they are reaching out to the public, needing to talk with anyone who saw activity around that warehouse off of Marimon Avenue between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday evening.

Warehouse owners say the damage is extensive after this fire, probably costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. They also say Turnip Masonry had construction equipment inside that building which is now destroyed with fire, water, and smoke damage. The warehouse is known as "The Brickyard" by folks in the area.

Before 7 p.m. is when people reported seeing flames, saying they knew the building would be a loss.

"Around then, 5:30 or 6 o'clock, we came outside and we saw a bunch of smoke from our porch," said Lacy Plunkett, a witness living nearby. "And I told my sister someone's house was on fire. And I ran up here and was screaming at the neighbors to call 911, and I was calling them. And the Turpin Brickyard was up in flames."

Firefighters told us it was the largest fire they've seen in years, taking them two hours to get it under control.

Investigators are back on scene this Tuesday evening, trying to figure out exactly what sparked this now suspicious fire and hoping the public can help.

Some walls of the warehouse are still standing, but fire crews say the building has to be torn down because of extensive water and smoke damage.


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