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December 8, 2010

Suspected arsons in Keavy

CORBIN — By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer

Gaping holes and burned siding mar the home where Kelli Hensley expected to move with her fiance and their four children.

Following the Tuesday morning fire that gutted her mobile home, a Kentucky State Police arson investigator is expected to visit the site along Earl Howard Road.

It was the third structure on the road to have burned since September, Hensley said.

On Sept. 21, the first building to burn was a commercial garage located directly in front of the mobile home that burned Tuesday, according to London Dispatch Center.

Another home burned Nov. 29 near the intersection of Earl Howard and Rooks Branch roads.

None of the structures had connected electrical service, Hensley said.

She said she, her fiance, and four children planned to move into the mobile home from her fiance’s parents’ home nearby.

According to Hensley’s fiance, Myron Litton, the last people he knew were inside the building before the fire were he and social workers.

They had moved into his mother’s home nearby about  two months ago and once the renter moved out began working on the mobile home, said Hensley. They replaced drywall, took up carpet and put down hard floors because one of the children is asthmatic.

The last task left was painting the walls, she said.

Litton said he suspects the fires at the garage and the mobile home up the road were set. “Ours was set, too. I’m almost positive, by the same people.”

Hensley said, “It’s not right. They took my children’s home.”

She said there is no insurance on the home and her children’s clothes and toys were in the home as well as some irreplaceable sentimental items, as well as furniture such as beds and couches.

The Keavy Fire Department was called to the fire with two trucks and seven firefighters. They were there about two hours.

Chief Ronnie Ball said he suspects the fires were arson.

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