Structure Fire at the Wickland Compound

On 07/21/2017 at 0035 hours, the Bardstown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire behind the Wickland Home.  When fire crews arrived, the found heavy fire venting out the front window and through the roof.  Crews used multiple hand lines to bring the fire under control.  Due to the balloon frame and heavy timber construction it took fire crews several hours to get the fire under control.  An investigation was conducted and there were two different points of origin which caused the investigator to suspect arson.  An arson detection K-9 was brought in from Scott County.  The K-9 detected accelerants at numerous spots in the kitchen and deck area.  Evidence was collected and taken to the KSP lab for analysis.  Bardstown Police conducted the criminal investigation and an arrest was made on 07/22/2017.  Fire crews were on scene for  about ten and half hours.

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