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Firefighters investigate suspicious fire

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WYMT) - Firefighters are investigating another suspicious vacant house fire in Bell County.

Officials say a house near Queensbury Road is arson and a reward is available to catch who set it.

Firefighters say the house behind the Church of the Living God of Holiness in Middlesboro burned quickly on Friday.

"It was pretty much fully involved when we pulled up. Still some of the outside structure had opened up a place in the roof," said Captain Joe Asher, Middlesboro Fire Department

Investigators believe it is arson.

"There wasn't any electricity hooked up to it, so that's kind of a tell-tale sign of something suspicious," said Asher.

Firefighters say the building is too charred to find the exact spot where the fire started. Investigators are looking for suspects.

"We have some significant leads on that particular fire, and it's currently being investigated," said Captain Richard Taylor, Middlesboro Fire Department.

To help find whoever is responsible, a reward is offered for information. One thousand dollars is available for information that leads to an arrest and indictment.

This is just one of several suspicious vacant house fires in Middlesboro this year. Officials do not think they are all connected.

"We see a great difference in how the fires were set, so we're trying to put all the pieces together to even make one conviction," said Taylor.

Firefighters say all tips will be kept confidential. You can report information to the Middlesboro Fire Department or Police Department.


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