Scottsville Neighborhood Upset About House Fire

By Kayla Vanover | 

Scottsville, Ky (WBKO) -- After a Scottsville home caught fire for the fourth time, neighbors are voicing their concerns and searching for answers.

Last Thursday, the flames at 110 Walker Street, were so fierce that neighbors feared for their lives.

"It scared me. My babies were really scared. People that lived way across town could see it," said Shirle Bunton, neighbor.

Bunton says she, along with neighbors, believe the fires are results of methamphetamine lab explosions, due to some recent findings near their homes.

"All together, they've found fifteen meth labs," said Shirle Bunton, neighbor.

Bunton says, one fire burned higher than the trees.

"It was burning all the way up the light pole. The yard wasn't burning yet, but it was a trail of fire. The police chief told me then that there was some kind of solvent in there that made it burn like that," said Shirle Bunton, neighbor.

She says there is one consistent factor in all of the fires.

"During the night, they've all happened during the night. Two of them have had an explosion," said Shirle Bunton, neighbor.

Bunton says, family members own this home and are aware of the recent activity. Her biggest concern is safety for her family and neighborhood.

"My daughter was asking this question the other night. When is it going to stop? You know, we live in this community and years ago it was named “Box Town”. She said, is “Box Town” not good enough, or is it going to take someone to die before police will do something in “Box Town” to make these fires stop," said Shirle Bunton, neighbor.

Detective John Rose says the Scottsville Police Department is actively investigating.

"We're not neglecting the area. As a matter of fact, we patrol up there quite a bit. A lot of times they don't see us up there. It's at night time. We got the ball court up there that we drive by, but we are up there on a nightly basis," said Detective John Rose, Scottsville Police Department.

Detective Rose says the department is documenting all patrols at this point and are urging the community to contact them with any leads. All callers can remain anonymous.

The Chief of Police says he spoke to the mayor, who says the city has plans to condemn the property and clean up the area.

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