State police and a local homeowner believe a fire that destroyed a Warren County home, may be arson.
Kentucky State Police say an investigation has been opened in regards to a fire that destroyed Tessie Stice’s home, in the 3800 block of Old Scottsville Road early Tues. morning, Dec. 26.
There isn’t much left of the home Stice designed and built himself and after a fire Tuesday morning that destroyed everything, he wonders if this incident could be connected to past problems.
“I have had some problems in the past about people breaking in and I have had problems with threatening phone calls,” Stice said.
Stice said his home isn’t the only one in the neighborhood that has been burglarized in the past.
“I know some other people around here have had break-ins. There’s a house up the road here that’s burnt down. I know there’s another house up the road here that was broken into and stole everything out of it too,” Stice said.
Both police and Stice suspect arson to be involved in the fire and the Kentucky State Police also believe they’ve found the source of the fire.
“I believe detective West has a good lead on the ignition source of the fire but at this time we’re not releasing any of that information,” said Todd Holder, Public Information Officer with KSP.
Stice said crime rates seems to be getting higher instead of lower. He said he’d like to see a neighborhood watch program instated to help combat the problem.
“The drug problem has gotten worse in this neighborhood, is what i believe is happening and they’re trying whatever way in the world, to get whatever they can and it’s come to the extremes. They’ll do whatever they can to get it,” Stice said.
As Stice picks up the pieces of his life that are buried in the ashes, he said he’s ready to rebuild.
“This is my little girl’s home and this is where we’re going to stay. They’re not going to run me off,” Stice said.
According to Stice, he has found people at his house before and had to call the police. Stice reportedly received a threatening phone call on Christmas Day, telling him “they would get him.”
No one was home at the time of the fire.