MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Arson investigators were on the scene of a house fire in Martin County on Saturday morning. Officials say the structure was empty and they say this has become common in the Warfield area.
Officials say the amount of suspicious fires involving abandoned structures is alarming. Warfield Volunteer Fire Department Chief Greg Alley says, "Seems like it has become a pattern, and there is around one or two guys doing this...as professionals."
Firefighters say when they arrived on scene just after 8 o'clock Saturday morning on Riverfront Road, smoke was seen coming out of the exterior floor vents. Officials say they contacted the Kermit Volunteer Fire Department to assist and the fire was eventually located underneath the floor boards.
Martin County Sheriff's Deputy Wesley Horn says, "I think this is somewhere around seven in the last month for abandoned structures, just seems night after night they are being called out, there is something going on."
Fire officials say this is the second time they've responded to this particular structure and they say both of those fires are suspicious. Chief Alley says, "About 4 years ago it burned, and its caught fire again, been restored and burnt, restored and burnt...so it does look suspicious, the power has been pulled off, no electricity running to it."
It is a pattern that fire officials are becoming frustrated with and say it needs to stop. Chief Alley says, "Burning houses is just asking to get somebody hurt, I've got guys coming as fast as they can dropping everything they've got to get here and help somebody."
Deputy Horn says, "It is a very dangerous thing and it puts a lot of people at danger. Just across the street here we have a trailer court, businesses to the left, and a gas station down there. There is a lot that could go wrong, it is just very dangerous and something nobody should be doing."
The fire is under investigation by Kentucky State Police Post 9.
Officials encourage anyone with information to contact Kentucky State Police or the Martin County Sheriff's Office.