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Arson Investigation in McCreary County

Date of News Release: 03/26/2014

(LONDON, KY.) - On Friday, August 30, 2013 at approximately 10:37 PM the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 London, received a report of a structure fire on Water Plant RD in the Stearns community of McCreary County.

Upon arrival, KSP Post 11 Arson Investigator Detective Brian Lewis determined that Whitley City fire fighter Arlie "Pooh" Hill III, 37, of Stearns was severely injured in the fire after going into the burning residence to see if anyone was inside.

After being hospitalized for nearly two (2) months Lieutenant Hill died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the fire.

After an 8 month long investigation Detective Lewis has determined the cause of the fire to be arson.

At this time Detective Lewis is still following up on leads. Anyone with any information in reference to this investigation is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police.

Anyone with information on any suspicious fire can call the Arson Hotline at 1-800-27-ARSON (1-800-272-7766) or the Kentucky State Police at 1-606-878-6622.