Covington residents hold meeting over concern about arsonist

By Sara Gouedy - bio | email

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - There's a lot of anger and fear right now in Covington's Austinberg neighborhood as residents worry an arsonist is targeting their homes.

Many of them met with firefighters and community leaders Tuesday night to figure out what they can do to protect their neighborhood.

Covington firefighters and police say they have some leads, but no arrests so far in the arson fire of a house last Wednesday.

Tuesday, residents gathered together to figure out how to stop this from happening again.

Sean Okayne couldn't hide how he felt about losing most of what he owned as the fire burned. Police say an arsonist may have set fire to Sean's house.

"My wallet was in the house, my ID, everything I own was in that house. And I have nowhere to go," he said.

Sean and most of his Austinberg neighbors gathered to turn up the heat and try to help each other.

"I think that we need to have some video surveillance for this neighborhood," said Edwin Payne.

Everyone wants to find out who set the fire at this house.

Most at the meeting admit they're scared. No one wants an arson to happen again.

People in this part of Covington will have to help out investigators. Residents who see a suspicious person should call 292-2222 and report it.

"People are really concerned and we want to do the best we can to help the authorities," said Steve Ward.