Investigators locate where deadly Christmas morning fire started, but not yet how

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by By Adrianna Hopkins

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 30, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 31 at 1:22 AM

(WHAS11) - Fire investigators are diligently sifting through what they describe as a "stack of pancakes” – layer after layer of rooms and furniture collapsed on each other after a fire destroyed a Glenview home on Christmas morning.

Louisville Metro Fire Department Chief Arson Investigator Major Henry Ott narrowed down the starting point of the fire to the back of the dining room and the attic space above it.

Two young brothers, 12-year-old Solon Bailey and 10-year-old Liam Bailey, died that morning. The two were in town from Vermont visiting their grandparents, Irv and Cathy Bailey. Firefighters are still examining everything, trying to find the exact cause of the fire. It's a difficult task, but fire investigators have their eye on a badly damaged furnace.

"I think we should be able to narrow it down to an area and then be able to make some examinations there,” Ott said. “But I'm not exactly sure we'll have a finite cause as to what happened."

Ott pinpointed a furnace that was badly damaged and located in the attic area above the dining room as a possible culprit. He said they will examine the furnace Thursday and see any clues it may offer.

But a location and a cause won't bring peace to the family members or firefighters involved.

Harrods Creek Fire Department Chief Chris Aponte said this incident is difficult to overcome.

"This was the worst day of my life," Aponte said. "The worst day of my career. With all the things that happened here, it was the tragedy... the loss of the life of these boys. It's tough."

Ott plans to meet with ADT Security Services – the alarm company – to double check everything, including the monitoring system.
 

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