Five fires since late April, including two in Scott and Fayette counties, also were burglaries and could be linked, Kentucky State Police said.
“There is a possibility that they are connected,” said trooper Robert Purdy, spokesman for the state police post in Richmond. “We can’t conclusively say 100 percent. But it looks like there is a great possibility that they are going to be connected.”
The first fire was set just after 11:30 a.m. April 29 on Pollys Bend Road north of Lancaster in Garrard County.
While state police investigated that fire, the Jessamine County Fire Department was called to High Bridge Road, south of Wilmore, for a fire that was set just after 2 p.m., state police said.
The third house, on Woods Road west of Nicholasville, was hit Monday morning. State police said they were called about that fire at 11 a.m.
The fourth fire caused heavy damage to a house Monday afternoon on Briar Hill Road in Fayette County.
The fifth and most recent fire happened Tuesday morning at a house on Browns Mill Road in Scott County. The blaze leveled that house. Investigators, including a Kentucky State Police arson investigator, returned to that scene Thursday.
“It appears whoever is burglarizing and setting these properties on fire is doing it during the day, when people are at work,” Purdy said.
Another house fire, on Wednesday on Ecton Road in Clark County, does not appear to be connected to the others, he said.
He said state police were not releasing specifics about what was taken from the burglarized houses.
“The biggest thing we’re asking the public right now is to be vigilant,” Purdy said. “If you see somebody that doesn’t belong in your neighborhood, if you see a vehicle driving by several times or if you have somebody knock on your door that doesn’t belong there, those are the kinds of things that are going to help us in the investigation.”
State police said a silver or gray Chevrolet Cavalier or Cobalt might have been involved.
“That was seen in the area of one of the first three fires,” Purdy said. “That’s the only description we have.”
Anyone with information about the fires should call the Arson Task Force at 1-800-272-7766. The task force is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for starting any of the fires.