KSP investigate Carroll County fires
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 10:00 AM
Kentucky State Police are investigating two fires that occurred at a Carroll County home less than 48 hours apart.
Two fires within 48 hours destroyed this home at 2252 Hunter Heights Road in Carroll County, Ky. The fires are under investigation by the Kentucky State Police. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie)
Fire crews responded twice in three days to reports of a structure fire at 2252 Hunter Heights Road.
Westside fire crews responded to the home Saturday around 10 p.m. for what appeared to have been an electrical fire, Westside fire chief Clyde Rowlett said. A second fire occurred at the residence around 6:30 p.m. Monday. It is still being investigated, Rowlett said.
When Milton and Bedford fire units responded Saturday around 10:30 p.m. to assist, Westside crews already had the fire extinguished, Milton Fire Chief Jason Long said.
Long said the damage had been contained to the living room and the power supply was turned off to the home. No one was home at the time of the fire Saturday.
There was minimal damage to the home on Saturday, Rowlett said, and the owner planned to rebuild. The owner had estimated $10,000 to $15,000 of damage.
The fire was ruled to be electrical as the fire originated near an electrical plug in the home, he said.
"We had it saved," Long said.
Westside Volunteer Fire Department received another call to respond to the same address Monday. The department requested help at the scene from Milton and Bedford again, and crews spent more than four hours to extinguish the blaze, Long said. The home was a total loss.
"There was no power to the residence," Long said. "There's no way (the fire) could have rekindled."
The owner had left the property around 6 p.m. Monday, Rowlett said. The home was fully engulfed by 6:30 p.m.
"We don't believe the owner is the suspect," he said.
Rowlett said the Kentucky State Police do suspect the fire was arson.
Brad Arterburn, KSP public information officer, said someone was arrested on unrelated charges at the scene, and the cause of Monday's fire is currently under investigation by the state police.