Officials: String of fires connected

EUBANK, Ky. (WYMT) - Eubank is a small town, that appears to have a big fire problem.

"It looks a flammable liquid was poured on the floor, this morning, some type of an accelerant," said Fire Chief Norman Rutheford while looking through the window of a vacant building that had a fire set inside early this morning.

It's the second suspicious fire in this building, this week. The first happened around the same time on Monday morning. This after the community had roughly a dozen other suspicious fires at various businesses, a vacant home, and the old Eubank High School right by the recent fires.

"It's all beginning over again," feared Leona Bentley, who graduated from the old high school, and currently lives across the street from the rubble.

"Yeah, it makes you wonder what's going on," added Rutheford looking at the smoky building sitting by the remains of the old high school. The same high school he once attended.

"Hopefully, it's not the same thing as you see behind you."

Rutheford said the old school building burned down last winter (see picture above) after several small fires appeared to have been set inside. He pointed to the other vacant building noting the pattern seems to be reflected in the recent attempts.

"It's the same M.O. we had before. It's like every couple of days, early in the morning, at approximately the same time each day. So, you just wonder if two days from now we'll have another one."

Whether it's a small fire that only caused a small amount of damage, or a bigger fire that burned down the entire school Rutheford and others want to see this trend stopped.

"It's so close to home, I mean it's just like right across the road," described Teresa Griffin, "I guess everybody's wondering the same thing that I am, I mean, "When is it going to end?"

"Maybe our place might be next, you never can tell," wondered Bentley.

"It's very annoying. We're going to end up getting somebody hurt is what's going to happen. That's what the bad thing about it is," said Rutheford, hoping that fear doesn't come true.

Currently arson investigators are studying these recent fires to see if there may be any clue that will lead them to the suspect or suspects. At this time they can't say if the latest fires are related to the series from last winter, but they haven't taken that off the table, either.

It's because of that rash of possible arsons that Rutheford said started up a neighborhood watch. Now the whole town is asked to watch out, as they hope the worst is over, and hope that the person, or persons, behind the fires will be caught.


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