String of trailer fires in Pikeville called suspicious

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Four vacant trailers burn in the same Pikeville neighborhood in less than one year.
The latest fire was on Saturday.
Pikeville police and firefighters call the string of fires suspicious and are investigating.

Charred rubble is all that is left of the four trailers on Fife Fork Road in Pikeville.
Each one burned separately. The first one was in April. The last one during New Year's Eve weekend.

"When we arrived on scene, all four mobile homes were completely engulfed. All fires occurred after midnight, between midnight and four in the morning," said Pikeville Fire Chief Ronald Conn.

No one lived in any of the homes at the time of the fires.
"When you have this many fires in one neighborhood, this close together, it does throw up those red flags," said Paul Maynard, the Pikeville Public Safety Director.

Firemen have not determined the cause of any of the four fires and say it is still under investigation.
"Suspicious in nature just due to the proximity of the fires and all four homes being vacant. We're tracking down several leads, but obviously it's under investigation. We're not sure what's actually caused these fires until the investigation is complete, but we are looking into it actively," said Maynard.

Police and firefighters want to prevent anymore fires on Fife Fork. They ask people in the neighborhood to be on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary or suspicious. Maynard says if anyone sees anything suspicious, call Pikeville Police and they will check it out.

The Pikeville Police and Fire Departments have a joint investigation into the trailer fires. Anyone with information on how they started should call 606-437-5111.

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