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Officials Investigating Two Middlesboro Fires


Firefighters in one Eastern Kentucky town had to fight two different fires at once early Wednesday morning. The fires in Middlesboro were just blocks apart and firefighters say were likely started intentionally.

An early morning fire gave Zack and Rachel Riddle a harsh wake-up call.

"It scared me because it was right beside my room," Zack said.

It was an early morning for firefighters too. They rushed to an abandoned, already partially burned apartment house, on fire again.

"It was scary. I didn't know what was going on," Marsha Ayers said.

Firefighter’s battled flames in the back of a furniture store, while those living next door, like Marsha Ayers, were forced out into the cold as a precaution.

"Ran over there, got her up, got my kids up, and stayed out until they told us to come back in," Ayers said.

"The bus couldn't get me because of all the fire trucks and stuff," Zack said.

"He comes in here and say mom, fire trucks, place is on fire. It's all up in flames. Too close to home because we live right next door," Rachel said.

Firefighters say it's too early to say if the two fires are connected, but they say it definitely looks like neither of them were an accident.

"The owner of the furniture store was not up to being on camera, but says he believes someone intentionally burned cardboard boxes in the back of his business. While he is thankful the fire didn't spread further than it did, he still wonders who would do such a thing.

Firefighters say no one was seriously injured. They are continuing to investigate the two early morning fires.


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