destroyed by fire was subject of previous KFD investigation
Neuenschwander KOKOMO – A vacant house
destroyed by fire last week on East Walnut Street had been involved in
an investigation by the Kokomo Fire Department.
The fire, on April 26,
2017, at 935 E. Walnut St. was listed as “intentional” on a Kokomo Fire
Department fire report. According to Fire Chief Nick Glover, that was
because the house didn’t have any utility hook-ups that could have
served as a source of the ignition.
“It’s a vacant property,
there’s no ignition sources in there. There’s no gas, no electric, no
way for it to start burning unless someone intentionally set it,”
That same property was
one of four sites investigated by KFD after a string of vacant house
fires in February. Glover noted that while those fires were also ruled
intentional, there’s no evidence linking last week’s incident to the
“I’m not ruling it out,”
he said. “But we don’t have anything to tell us that specifically.
There’s no evidence that says so.”
The other fires were
located at 727 E. Walnut St., 1300 S. Locke St. and 1819 S. LaFountain
St., and, along with 935 E. Walnut St., had all burned within a week.
Glover told the Tribune
in February the fire department had persons of interest in February’s
string of house fires based on eyewitness reports. Glover noted Monday
the department had spoken with people about the fires, but
unfortunately it “didn’t lead them anywhere.”
The Tribune also reported
in February that KFD believed not all of the fires were connected, with
Glover saying he doubted the two fires on East Walnut Street were
connected to other fires. He said those beliefs were “geography-based.”
“Of course, we haven’t
had any incidents in several weeks, and I was hoping we were past that,
and then we had the one the other night,” said Glover.
Cody Neuenschwander can be reached at
765-454-8570 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org