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Arson Suspected

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Three barns burn overnight in western part of county

By Becky Barnes

   “We have a fire bug,” said Charles Allen Carson of the Harrison County Fire Department following three barn fires overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday.
   Those four bring the total to 13 for Harrison and Nicholas counties over the last week.
   Carson said Kentucky State Police arson investigator Curtis Combs has been called in to sift through what remains of the burned buildings.
   On Monday night, firefighters were called to the Harrison/Nicholas County line for two fires, one of which was in Harrison County and belonged to Avi Bear.
   On Wednesday, the first call came in at 2:04 a.m. to KY 1842 between KY 36 and White Oak Pike. The barn was fully involved, Carson said.
   Inside the barn were three tractors, new tobacco baler and it was full of curing tobacco.
   “All of it’s gone,” Carson said.
   While on the scene of the first fire, a Harrison County firefighter went to the Connersville fire station to get another truck and noticed another fire at 2:07 a.m. on KY 3044 near the Scott County line. The third call was on Connersville Pike, just about a mile down the road. That call was at 2:16 a.m.
   “All of them had tobacco, two of them had hay and equipment,” Carson said, adding that the majority of the fires were close to the road. With the exception of one old house, the rest have been barns or outbuildings.
   Carson said investigators are concerned that the firestarter is getting bolder.
   The first fires were of old and vacant buildings. More recently, Carson said, he has stepped up his fires to barns with valuable equipment and crops.
   “It’s getting scary,” Carson said. “What are they going to do next?”