Trooper Robert Purdy
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 7, Richmond
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KSP investigate suspicious fire in Irvine
Date of News Release: 09/19/2011
(Irvine, KY) -- On Friday, September 16, 2011, at 07:21 am EDT the Kentucky State Police Richmond Post was contacted by Estill County 911 center concerning a suspicious fire on Bertha Wallace Drive.
Local officers arrested a resident at the Bertha Wallace Drive apartments on a charge of alcohol intoxication in a public place. 18 minutes after officers left the scene a structure fire was reported at the same apartment where he was arrested. Damage to the apartment is considered extensive. Kentucky State Police was requested by the Estill County Fire Department due to the circumstances and suspicious nature of the fire.
Anyone with information is requested to contact Kentucky State Police at 800-222-5555 or the Kentucky Arson tip line 800-272-7766.
Kentucky State Police Arson Investigator Pat Alford is conducting the investigation.