Investigators suspect arson after two Habitat for Humanity homes burn

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by Chelsea Rabideau

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 21 at 11:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Two Portland neighborhood homes went up in flames overnight. Investigators say the fire may have been intentionally set. The homes were owned by Habitat for Humanity and one was already under renovation.

Firefighters say the flames started in one house and quickly jumped next door just after 2 a.m. Director for Family Services and Outreach Janel Temple toured the damage in the light of day.

“Oh my gosh, what a disappointment to have this building completely burned to the ground,” she said, “The hard work of the volunteers and the staff going into this, just burned down.”

The old homes were going to be used as temporary housing for Habitat or Americorps volunteers. “Housing is always an issue when you’re working for free or for very low wages,” Temple explained.

So now what? That question actually brings a smile to Temple’s face. “We’re assessing the damage, but I smile when you ask that because there’s no question that we will rebuild. That’s what, that’s what Habitat does!”

The timeline or how the rebuild will be funded has yet to be worked out.

There are signs posted on poles in front of the homes asking people to come forward with information and warning them about a possible arsonist on the loose. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-27-ARSON.
 

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