Officials say house fire could be arson

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - A fire in Floyd County is under investigation.

Officials say an empty house went up in flames twice this weekend, and they think it could be arson.

Neighbors say it lit up fast.

"There was flames shooting out the door, out the windows," said Bessie Chambers.

A house on South Lake Drive caught fire just after nine o'clock Friday night surprising a lot of people.

"I saw a lot of people outside, and I noticed to smoke over the hill. I walked out to see what was going on and we saw the house, you know, on fire," said Chambers.

"The house was pretty much fully involved, smoke and fire coming out the front windows and the back windows," said Sgt. Celina Thomas with the Prestonsburg Fire Department.

It surprised firefighters too because the house is vacant with no electricity turned on, leading them to believe arson is a possibility.

"The house is pretty much gone. The outside frame is still standing, but the inside is completely burned," said Thomas.

Officials say it reignited Saturday, and no one is quite sure how or why.

"Whether somebody comes back and starts it or if there was just a hot spot in between the floors, it's not typical, but it could have been restarted," said Thomas.

Even though investigators say they have reason to believe the fire may be suspicious, neighbors say they do not see why anyone would want to set the house on fire.

"Could be anything, faulty wiring or something like that, but I don't think it was suspicious like," said Chambers.

Officials say in the past year there have been a handful of fires in the same area. They do not know if any of them are connected, but they will investigate this one as a possible arson.

Officials say they do not have any suspects.

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