Officials investigating 4 'suspicious fires' as arson

Officials investigating 4 'suspicious fires' as arson
The outside of the residence suspiciously caught fire, police say (WFIE).

MADISONVILLE, KY (WFIE) - Madisonville Police are investigating four fires as possible arson.

Police tell us they responded to three separate fires in the early Saturday. They happened around South Main Street.

We're told the first fire was reported around 5:20 a.m. at the Sonic Drive-in on 815 South Main Street. Officials tell us an outside storage building had suspiciously caught fire.

The second fire was reported less than 10-minutes later at a residence on the 40th block of West Jagoe. The outside of the residence suspiciously caught fire, police say.

"The man who lives there was standing out in front of our house and I asked him, 'What happened?' He said his house was on fire. He was asleep and somebody came and banged on his door and told him he better get out of his house because it was on fire," Neighbor Teresa Ball said.

We're told the person in that home wasn't hurt.

"My concern was that it was spread to other places, and I sure didn't want it to spread to this house because I have been here for 64 years. It was just a scary morning," she explained.

Authorities say that resident wasn't hurt.

The third fire was reported around 5:50 a.m. at the Automotive Express on 873 South Main Street. A car parked behind the business caught fire, police say.

The Madisonville Fire Department responded quickly and brought all three fires under control.

Around 10 a.m., Madisonville police and fire responded to the fourth fire at an unoccupied residence in the 100 block of Lomond Drive.

Police tell us all four of the fires are suspicious and are being investigated as possible arsons.

If you have any information you are asked to call the police.

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