LEX 18 Digital: Firefighters Continue Arson Investigation In Lexington Neighborhood

Posted at 4:55 PM, Apr 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-18 16:55:45-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Lexington Fire Department continues to seek tips from the public after another fire was set intentionally early Sunday morning. 

The fire at a vacant building on Goodloe Street was the seventh fire in the area since September, said Major Rob King with the Lexington Fire Department. All seven fires are considered to be arson. 

"It could be several different individuals so we’re actively working the case at this time," King said.

While all the buildings have been vacant, he said, the fires still put the neighborhood and firefighters in danger.

"We show up to every one of them," he said, "and we’re going to go inside and we’re going to put them out. Whether that building is vacant or not, we can’t assume that there’s nobody in there."

Some neighbors believe the fires have been set by homeless people trying to stay warm.

"It’s an accident, it’s not on purpose," said one neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous. 

"They seek shelter when it gets cold and they actually hang out around that building," he said referring to the building that caught fire on Sunday morning. 

Firefighters are asking anyone with information on the fires to call their tip line at 859-231-5672. Tips can be made anonymously, said King. Anyone with information that leads to an arrest could receive an award, he said, if they call in tips to the Kentucky Arson Task Force at 1-800-27-ARSON.