Department of Public Protection
Fire Marshal Investigating Suspicious Fires in Jackson County

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 12, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jim Carroll, (502) 564-7760, ext. 239  

             The State Fire Marshal’s staff is investigating a rash of suspicious fires in Jackson County.


            In the past six days, several residences, vacant mobile homes, and a barn all have burned at various communities around Jackson County, said Assistant State Fire Marshal Richard Peddicord.


            “All the fires are of a suspicious nature,” Peddicord said.


            A State Fire Marshal investigator arrived on the scene March 6 shortly after four fire departments and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department asked for assistance in determining the origin and cause of the fires.


            Once investigators finish gathering data, the results will be turned over to the Richmond post of the Kentucky State Police for a possible criminal investigation.


            The fires have occurred in the McKee, Sandgap, Gray Hawk and Pond Creek areas.


            The State Fire Marshal is in the Department of Public Protection in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.