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Whitley County firefighters investigating suspicious fires


Whitley County firefighters are investigating at least six fires in the past week that they called "suspicious".

Not much is left of what was once a home on Fairview in Corbin. The vacant home was destroyed in a fire at about 2 a.m. Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the chief of the Woodbine Fire Department told our reporter they had two more suspicious fires at abandoned or vacant homes that morning. The Oak Grove Fire Department said it responded to several arson-related fires on Monday and Tuesday.

The captain of the Corbin Fire Department said it is frustrating to spend resources on fires that are intentionally set. "It makes it dangerous for the firefighters responding, going into a fire," said Captain James Smith. "It's something that we are ready to do but if we don't have to we would rather not do it."

All the fires are under investigation by the various fire departments in Corbin, Oak Grover, Rockholds and Woodbine.

Kentucky State Police has not been asked to help with the investigation at this time.

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