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KSP Conducts Fire Investigations in the Richmond Post District

Date of News Release: 03/09/2016

(Booneville, KY) - The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post in investigating six fires in Owsley, Lee, and Jackson Counties that occurred between January 1, 2016 and March 6, 2016.

The first two fires occurred at a private campground located at 5171 Shoemaker Ridge Road in Lee County on January 1, 2016, at which time a camper trailer and a wooden structure were destroyed. The third fire destroyed another camper trailer at the same location on Shoemaker Ridge Road on January 9, 2016. KSP Post 7 was contacted following each fire and began an investigation into the cause of the fires.

first two fires occurred at a private campground located at 5171 Shoemaker Ridge Road in Lee County first two fires occurred at a private campground located at 5171 Shoemaker Ridge Road in Lee County
first two fires occurred at a private campground located at 5171 Shoemaker Ridge Road in Lee County first two fires occurred at a private campground located at 5171 Shoemaker Ridge Road in Lee County
Fire on January 9 in Lee County Fire on January 9 in Lee County

On February 10, 2016, another investigation began when a residence was destroyed by a fire at 1409 Left Fork Cow Creek Road in Owsley County.

Jackson County Fire Jackson County  Fire

During the evening hours of February 18, 2016, a residence at the intersection of HWY 2004 and Chestnut Flat Road in Jackson County was destroyed by a fire.

Owsley County Fire Owsley County Fire

The most recent fire occurred at 5375 Shoemaker Ridge Road in Lee County on March 6, 2016 completely destroying another camper trailer, and may be connected to the initial fires on January 1st and 9th.

Lee County Fire on 3/6 Lee County Fire on 3/6

Anyone with information for any of the fires is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police, Post 7 at 859-623-2404 or the Arson Task Force at 1-800-27ARSON (1-800-272-7766). The Arson Task Force is offering up to a $1000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for starting any of the fires.

The ongoing investigations are being conducted by KSP Post 7 Arson Investigator Pat Alford.