Authorities looking for leads on rash of trash can, dumpster fires

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One blaze resulted in thousands of dollars of property damage

By Marty Finley

Elizabethtown police and fire officials are investigating a rash of trash can and dumpster fires downtown.

Rusty Todd, fire investigator for the Elizabethtown Fire Department, said five fires have been set since March 25 involving trash cans or dumpsters, including one Sunday morning that damaged Halls Supply and Tool Repair on South Main Street.

Todd said the fire started in a dumpster behind the business and spread to the back of the building, burning through a doorway to the interior wall.

“The fire was extinguished and confined to a small area of the interior, but the building suffered a loss of electrical power and some physical damage,” Todd said.

The amount of damage, he added, is hard to gauge, but he estimated it between $20,000 and $30,000.

Another fire was large enough to discolor a building, he added. The other fires were started away from buildings and none have resulted in injuries, Todd said.

The fires are occurring late at night or early in the morning and are dangerous because of their propensity to grow larger and spread to buildings, Todd added.

Anyone with information regarding the fires is urged to call Elizabethtown Police Department at 765-4125, Hardin County Crimestoppers at 1-800-597-8123 or the Kentucky Arson Hotline at 1-800-27-ARSON.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.