Jessamine County

Fire officials suspicious about Nicholasville blaze

NICHOLASVILLE — Investigators on Monday scoured an unoccupied apartment building destroyed in a weekend fire that they call suspicious.

No one was hurt in the blaze, but the circumstances are questionable because the building, which had been condemned, had no electricity and had been scheduled to be sold Friday at a master commissioner's sale.

"Any time you have a property up for sale and it burns, that's something you always consider when you're looking at the cause and origin," said Nicholasville Fire Chief Charles Brumfield.

Investigators with the Nicholasville arson task force, the Kentucky State Police and the state fire marshal's office were at the scene Monday, Brumfield said. Insurance investigators were also there.

The fire at the 12-unit apartment building at 306 Edgewood Drive was reported shortly before 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

Brumfield said the building was condemned three to five months ago, but he didn't know why it was deemed unsafe. Its occupants were ordered to vacate after the condemnation, he said.

On Tuesday, a piece of heavy equipment with a grappling hook will be brought in to remove part of the building that caved into the first floor, Brumfield said.

The building was valued at $200,000, according to rec ords on file with the Jessamine County property valuation administrator's office.