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Another suspicious fire in Pikeville

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Another vacant home burns down in Pikeville, and investigators call it suspicious.
It is the fifth suspected arson case in Pikeville in the past year.

Nothing is left of the vacant house on Poplar Street in Pikeville. Firefighters say when they arrived early Thursday morning, flames were at least ten feet in the air, even burning the overhead power lines.

Holly Day and Eric Clifton, who live next door, believe it was arson. They say they were walking their dog when the fire started.

"We saw someone rumbling up here in the bushes and just thought it was homeless people, you know. Next thing you know, somebody got in their car, squalled their tires going on up the hill. We walked to the bottom of the hill and as soon as we got to that curb, we seen the house on fire," said Clifton.

It took firefighters four hours to put out the fire. They are still investigating the cause.
"At this time it is suspicious in nature due to the fact it was an unoccupied structure," said Robert Lindsey with the Pikeville Fire Department.

Investigators are looking into whether this fire is connected to other fires in Pikeville in the past year.

Since April, four vacant homes have burned on Fife Fork. Firefighters say those are also suspicious. Now police are looking for suspects.

"I hope they catch whoever did this," said Holly Day.

"If we find who is responsible, we will indict and seek the maximum penalty we can by law," said Lindsey.

They ask anyone with information on the fires to tell Pikeville Police.

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