Buechel arson 911 calls released, suspect still at-large


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on May 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Updated Monday, May 6 at 11:34 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- We are now hearing those 911 calls for the first time since a string of arsons in Buechel last week.

Still no suspects have been named in the string of fires shocking and scaring residents in one Buechel neighborhood.

From these 911 tapes you can hear how quickly the fires spread.

Operator: " 911 what your emergency?  Do you see or smell any smoke?

Caller: There is smoke in the house now.

Operator: There is smoke in the house?

Caller: Yes.

Operator: I need for you and everyone else to get out of the house.

That 911 call was placed from the home on Rosemont that was most seriously damaged in the Buechel area.

It would be one of 5 fires that would be set within an hour sending terror through the minds of neighbors.

“My parents have lived here for over 20 years and nothing like this has ever happened here," neighbor Kenneth Garner said.

“It’s definitely too close for comfort. We are definitely all weirded out by it," neighbor Royce Hall said.

The fires were all set outside homes, trash cans, lawnmowers and even a door wreath.

Major Henry Ott says they are looking into whether these fires are linked to others late last year.

"All of them occur between midnight and seven. They tend to occur early in the month," Major Henry Ott with Louisville Fire & Rescue said.

While arson investigators continue to do surveillance in area, they believe they could be getting closer to naming a suspect or suspects

“We have developed some possible suspects but we are not at the point where can talk more about it or name them as a clearly defined person as being responsible for the fire,” Major Ott said.

And the sooner that happens, that means these residents can sleep at ease at night

I hope they figure out what's going on and keep it from happening again," Garner said.