Four arrested after fire at abandoned Scott Co. school building

We’re learning new details into how and why a fire was started at the old Sadieville school.
Published: May. 30, 2022 at 9:34 PM EDT
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SCOTT CO., Ky. (WKYT) - We’re learning new details into how and why a fire was started at the old Sadieville school.

According to an arrest citation, one of the men charged with arson, Cody Kirk, told those with the Scott County Fire Department he and his friends went into the abandoned school, and that’s when he said a friend found a torch.

According to Kirk’s arrest citation, he said he and his friends started to shove paper into the torch to catch it on fire. Kirk goes on to say the friends threw it on the table, which caught a garbage bag that contained a Christmas tree inside it on fire.

The citation continues with Kirk telling the fire chief he tried to put the fire out, but was unsuccessful.

When asked why he didn’t call the fire department, he said he was scared and thought the fire would be “pinned on him.”

In their first court appearances, both Kirk and Camron Speigle pleaded not guilty to burglary and arson charges.

“It’s also disturbing because we have several other abandoned buildings in the city. So it puts pressure on us to go ahead and do something with those,” Mayor Wagner said.

Mayor Wagner said the building had structural issues and asbestos. He and others in the community had been wanting to rehabilitate it for years, but said the owners of the building never showed interest in these plans.

“I think it’s going to be a situation now where we’re going to have to wait and see where we hit. We have got some bids to get the rest of it torn down. I think at this point unofficially, the lowest one is right at $250,000,” Wagner said.

It’s a lot of money for the destroyed building, but those in the community said the memories that had been made there were priceless.

“It’s definitely going to leave a void in people’s lives,” Wagner said.

Wagner said they’re going to hold a meeting among city and county leaders Thursday to discuss next steps. He said he’ll suggest building some type of memorial or sidewalk with some of the bricks from the school.

Two juveniles have also been charged in the fire.

The City of Sadieville said on its Facebook page that the building would have been 100 years old in 2024.

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