Florence police, fire crews investigate suspicious apartment fires

FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - Investigators from the Florence Police and Fire departments are working to solve four fires at two apartment complexes over this past weekend.

On Friday, Feb. 17, three fires broke out at two apartment complexes in a period of about two hours.

The first was at Parkland Apartments on Dixie Highway at around 9:35 p.m. The second fire was at the Walnut Creek apartments on Shenandoah Drive at around 10:23 p.m. and the third fire was back at Parkland at around 11:38 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 18, a fourth fire was set again at the Shenandoah complex at 9:38 p.m.

"I smelled smoke in our apartment," Mindy Kennedy said of the Saturday fire. "The halls were filled in our apartment and we ran and got the cat, got the dog, and got out."

"Smoke filled my room till everything was black," her husband Ernie said.

The Kennedy's are now grabbing what they can to take to a hotel where they will stay until they get the all clear.

"I've never been through anything like this in my life," Mindy said.

Over at Parkland, one resident describe one of the fires there last weekend which ignited in his building.

"All of a sudden everybody was looking around and I asked a friend of mine what was going on and they said there was a small fire in the back stairwell," Brad Daniel recounted.

Daniel says the fire was put out before firefighters had time to arrive.

"We're treating them all as connected," said Captain Linny Cloyd with Florence Police. "There's nothing we have definitive that says that they are but its  just too coincidental that you would have multiple fires over the course of a two day period."

Cloyd says big or small, they are treating every fire the same, hoping to have some answers soon so families like the Kennedys can have some peace of mind.

"Two fires in two days... I don't know, I'm scared," Mindy said.

"I hope they catch him because they burned me out," Ernie added.

Police say all of the fires were set in publicly accessible areas. They are not revealing how the fires were started.

Police are reminding residents to remain diligent and report suspicious activity or persons immediately to Boone County Communications center at 859-371-1234.

Florence Police continue to interview persons of interest in these cases but have not named any suspects. They ask that anyone having information please contact the criminal investigative unit at 859-647-5420 or Crimestoppers 513-352-3040.

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