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Locust Street fire deemed suspicious

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By Becky Barnes, Editor

When police were called to make a welfare check at 107 N. Locust St. Saturday night, they had no idea it would later turn into a suspicious house fire with one of the residents having to be pulled from the roof.

Cynthiana Ptl. Shaun Rains and Ptl. Joe Warden were sent to the Locust Street residence for the welfare check. They could see the resident inside the kitchen and even talked to him through the window. 

However, he would not open the door for the officers.

The pair left to try to get the mother and daughter to come talk with the 44-year-old man. Immediately upon their return, they noticed smoke coming from the home..

They arrived back at the house and saw the subject fall out a window onto the roof.

“That’s when the smoke really began rolling,” Rains said noting that they called for the fire department and EMS.

Cynthiana firefighters were able to get the man from the roof and moved away from the fire.

Chief Jay Sanders said there was heavy smoke when firefighters arrived.

He suspects the fire originated in the stairwell and quickly moved to the second floor.

“We’re investigating this as arson,” Sanders said.

The house is owned by Annie Ishmael. Residents were Henry Hogg and Rebecca Boone.

 Hogg was taken to Harrison Memorial Hospital for treatment of possible smoke inhalation, Sanders said.