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Suspicious fire destroys trailer in Martin Co.

MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Fire officials in Martin County are calling a house fire suspicious and officials say arson fires have become a problem in the area.

Firefighters with the Warfield Volunteer Fire Department say when they arrived on scene just after six o'clock Sunday morning, they immediately knew they were dealing with a suspicious fire.

Lieutenant Olen Hutchinson says the trailer on River Front Road was fully engulfed and explains what else they saw, "When I got the hoses off the truck I saw a gas can laying by the trailer and tire marks coming out of the driveway, like someone had spun out in the gravel while driving away."

They also discovered someone had broken all of the windows to apparently provide ventilation for the fire, which officials say leads them to believe whoever set this fire has done it before.

Lieutenant Hutchinson says, "Anytime there is no electricity on a trailer and you see a gas can...you know what is going on and this area is bad for that."

Officials say this is their sixth suspicious fire involving an abandoned home this year. Firefighter Donald York says, "This area is pretty bad for abandoned structures catching on fire...now who is doing it? We have no clue! Structures don't just combust especially when there are no utilities going to them."

Officials say there have been three suspicious fires on this property alone in less than two years.

York says, "If you live near an abandoned structure, that is something you might be concerned about."

Despite having no leads, officials hope they can put a stop this problem. Fire officials ask anyone with information about this fire or any other suspicious fires to contact the Martin County Sheriff's Office.

Officials say the trailer was empty at the time of the fire but someone was preparing to move in and had just put a new deck outside. Officials have not been able to contact the owner.

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