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Arson suspected in Mount Eden fire

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Investigators asking public for help

By Lisa King

Arson is suspected in a fire that destroyed a vacant building in Mount Eden, and investigators are asking for the public’s help.

“We think the fire was probably set,” said Ron Turley, spokesperson for the Kentucky State Police.

Mount Eden Fire Chief Doug Herndon said that his department and KSP arson investigators suspect arson because it is very unlikely the fire could have started on its own.

“There was no electricity on, nobody had been living there, and the weather was clear, so it’s very suspicious,” Herndon said.

The building, located at 26 Van Buren Road off Mount Eden Road in Spencer County, caught fire at 5:10 a.m. Thursday, creating a grave hazard to surrounding structures. Firefighters from five departments were summoned, and after battling the blaze for several hours, they finally brought it under control with minimal damage to surrounding buildings.

The building, owned by Richard Reid of Louisville, had been a grocery store at one time, and its last use was as an apartment building.

Herndon said he does not think a vagrant was using the building because Mount Eden does not have a homeless population to speak of.

“There is nothing for them here,” he said. “They go where they are soup kitchens and that type of thing.”

Herndon and Turley urge anyone with any information about the blaze to contact the Kentucky Arson Hotline at 1-800-27-ARSON. 

The Kentucky State Arson Task Force is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the arsonist. Callers may remain anonymous.