Fire at Lawrence County fire department now being investigated as arson

BLAINE, Ky. (WYMT/WSAZ) - Kentucky State Police are now investigating the fire at the Blaine Volunteer Fire Department as arson.

"Our investigation has concluded there were items missing in the fire department." says Trooper Michael Murriell. "At this point it's too early to tell if one was done to cover up or conceal the other, but we do know there was a theft and the fire took place after the theft."

Fire heavily damaged the department on September 12, 2013, in the early morning hours. The chief, Butch Smith, was called in because an alleged water leak.

"It's devastating. When I got there, I couldn't even open the doors, they were too hot," says Smith. "But we've got it covered."

Three trucks were lost in the fire. The department does have the promise of mutual aid from several neighboring departments. There is also a call out for other departments, from around the region, to donate unused supplies.

"I want them (residents) to know they're covered, that we do have a truck, we do have a rescue, we are doing EMS runs." says If there is a structure fire we've got this truck and we'll have mutual aid."

KSP is urging anyone with information about the fire to give the agency a call.

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