Police investigating construction site arsons in Independence

By Dan Wells - bio | email

INDEPENDENCE, KY (FOX19) - For the second time in a week, Kenton County fire crews and police have responded to fires deliberately set to equipment at construction sites.

This at two sites in Independence, Ky., were investigators say the deliberately set fires caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage.

"On February 3, and then again on February 7, so last week, we've had two different instances at a construction site here on the outskirts of Independence," said Kenton County police chief Ed Butler. "What it's consisted of is fire set we believe intentionally set to several large pieces of construction equipment.

Police say someone set a trencher, bulldozer and trackhoe on fire.

"These fires are happening in the evening hours and we've called in the arson task force and our investigators as well, working together to try to solve these crimes," said Butler.

Investigators estimate the damage is between $400,000 and $500,000. The good news is no one was hurt as a result of the fires.

The contractor Dead On Construction owns the equipment, and tells police the fires are crippling his business.

"Those that are responsible could face charges up to and including arson of the second degree," said Butler. "You know we're talking felony charges here and state imprisonment if convicted of those charges so we're taking this case very seriously and trying to figure out what is going on here."

Police do not have a suspect in custody. Anyone with information is urged to call the Kenton County Police Department or call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.