Latest Covington fire confirmed as arson

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COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - A fire that happened Wednesday night on Maryland Ave. in Covington has been ruled arson.

And that confirms a lot of fears from residents.

Neighbors living in the community of Austinburg say Wednesday's fire is the third that's happened lately.

Not all of the fires have been ruled arson, but police and firefighters say they're certain this latest one was.

There isn't much left standing of the house devastated by the latest fire, and the house next door was also heavily damaged.

If Wednesday's fire had spread any more, Tiffany Eason's house would have burned next.

"The only thing that saved us is that this house right here is two story," said Eason.

Eason says the fire is the third to light up her neighborhood in recent months.

There is a vacant lot across the street where a house had been, and then pointed out another burned house down the street.

While Covington firefighters have not ruled all the fires arsons, they did say the latest fire is one.

"We've had reports of someone fleeing from the scene," said fire chief Mark  Young.

And in what's left of this home, Covington firefighters say they found evidence of an accelerant that started the fire.

"Fires are one of the most scary things to go through just because they are so unpredictable. All you can do is sit there and watch," said Eason.

Eason says with a suspected arsonist somewhere out there, she's spent at lot more time watching everything on her street.

"If nobody sees them, then we can't catch him," she said.

No one was hurt in the fire, but a dog in the house did die.

The fires remain under investigation. Anyone with information should call police.