Ranger: Bell County blazes were arson

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Associated Press

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 2:02 PM

PINEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Forestry officials and Kentucky State Police are searching for suspects after determining that eight fires in Bell County were intentionally set.

WYMT-TV (http://bit.ly/NwPrSC) reports that blazes on Saturday included some at Pine Mountain State Resort Park that posed a threat to the lodge, some cabins and some historical monuments.

"We were very fortunate to not lose any structures," Bell County Forest Ranger Lem Johnson said.

He said investigators worked on Wednesday to determine the exact points of origin and were following up on tips from area residents.

"We have several reports of witnesses that saw the activity in the park area that day around that time, and we're pursuing leads with Kentucky State Police," said Johnson.

Officials are asking that anyone with information about the fires call the Arson Hotline at 800-27-ARSON.

"Arson is a very serious crime. It could have potentially caught homes on fire," Kentucky State Police Trooper Shane Jacobs said. "We have troopers and detectives out right now interviewing people who may have seen an individual setting those fires."

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Information from: WYMT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews

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