WKU Police Say Dorm Fire Was Set

By: Heath Myrick
By: Heath Myrick

WKU Police confirm the suspicious dorm fire which left one Western student severely wounded was indeed set.

In a Wednesday morning press conference, university police say they're looking at every lead and have treated this case as a criminal investigation from the beginning. Freshman Katie Autry remains in critical condition with third-degree burns in Vanderbilt's burn unit. Police add Autry also incurred superficial puncture wounds to her face and neck.

WKU Police have enlisted the help of other agencies in the investigation including: Kentucky State Fire Marshal's Office, Bowling Green Fire Department, KSP, BGPD, as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. To date, more than 16 investigators have sifted through evidence in the room and interviewed more than 100 people.

After the press conference, university officials said no specific suspects had been identified. Authorities have spoken with members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity on Chestnut Street. Autry and a friend attended a party at the Pike house prior to the fire early Sunday morning. When asked what role Autry's past employment would play in the investigation, university officials say everything is being looked at including who Autry associated with, her friends and actions during the last 6 weeks.

Currently the campus is on 24 hour lock-down. During the lock-down dorm residents must use their room keys in order to gain access to the building.

As the investigation continues, WKU Police are urging anyone with information on the case to call them at (270) 745-2548. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call CrimeStoppers at (270) 781-CRIME.


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