Firefighters have been busy after four arson fires in Warren CountyNews
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Firefighters were kept busy for several hours Tuesday morning after officials said one person set several buildings on fire.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is currently working on a series of arson attacks in southern Warren County.
Three of the fires occurred within half a mile of each other on Richpond Road in the Woodburn Fire District. The fourth fire occurred about three miles down Warrior Lane in the Plano Fire District.
Woodburn Fire Chief Bob Skipper was angry to find someone had started these fires intentionally and said the arsonist could injure someone.
Skipper says fighting multiple fires at the same time is difficult for volunteer firefighters to handle.
âArson, especially what’s been going on here with recent times with multiple fires started at the same time, it’s really the taxes that are the resources. We have a good team to go out and work a fire, but if we have a second fire, if it’s any size, then that really stretches us and we have to call for help from other departments, which then leaves other parts of the county unaided, âSkipper said.
Two fires, a barn and a shed, were destroyed, both on the same abandoned property.
The third fire was inside another barn, but Sheriff Brett Hightower transmitted it on the way to the first two fires and put it out on his own, containing the fire in a trailer inside.
âOn the way to responding to one of the fires, I observed, in fact, another small fire that had been started in a barn structure so I was able to collect water and water. ‘extinguish before it gains momentum. But very unfortunate and it looks like it all happened probably about 45 minutes apart, âHightower said.
An accelerator was found all over the trailer, according to Warren County Sheriff Brett Hightower.
The barn owner said he had a jug of hydraulic fluid in the barn next to the trailer and it was missing, saying this may have been what was used.
Samuel Harrell lives directly between the first two fires and said his dog was scared when the fires started and he went outside to check on what was going on.
âIt’s getting a little hairy over there. Where is it going to happen next? It is a concern. We have kids here, you know. It’s our home. It is a very rural community. It’s a very quiet and very safe community, so for something like this to happen is quite out of the ordinary, âsaid Harrell.
It appears the alleged arsonist traveled to a fourth location, a house under construction a few miles down the road.
Officials say the arsonist entered the house, poured an accelerator on the rugs in a closet, and set the closet on fire.
The fire was extinguished, but there was still several thousand dollars in damage.
Investigators note that there was a burglary at a nearby tree-pruning business on Richpond Road. Four large cans of hydraulic fluid, two shovels and a can of diesel were taken away.
There is an abandoned house on the property with suspicious tire tracks nearby as well.
An assistant dusted off for fingerprints in the company.
The break-ins and the fires have not been officially linked, but there are suspicions.
Just six days ago, arson was suspected in fires that burned two barns on the ground just four miles from Tuesday’s fires.