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Criminal probe looks at two of 3 Thursday fires

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By Stephen Thomas

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County firefighters battled hot summer afternoon weather during three working house fires within two hours on Thursday.

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The state fire marshal's office is investigating each incident, two being treated as a crime scene and another involving minor injuries to two firefighters.

Zoneton Fire units were dispatched to a working fire at 3323 E. Blue Lick Rd., located at the corner of Jeffie Way, at 11:19 a.m.

Zoneton chief Rob Orkies said firefighters handled three separate fires within the house.

Orkies said the fire was contained within minutes, though the house received severe damages.

Kevin Moulton, ZFD marshal, said suspicious items were found by firefighters, resulting in an investigation by the state marshal.

Bullitt County Sheriffs chief deputy John Cottrell confirmed that firefighters discovered evidence of an inactive meth lab within the house's crawl space.

Cottrell said investigators were following up on reports that an individual fled the premises during the incident.

The investigation is ongoing and being treated as a crime scene.

Hillview Police and Bullitt County EMS also responded to the scene.

At 12:44 p.m. Nichols Fire units were dispatched to an unoccupied house at 1651 Raymond Rd.

Nichols Capt. Jeff Schank said smoke was reported coming from the house. When firefighters arrived smoke was emptying from all four sides of the roof.

Schank said neighbors reported that no one was in the house at the time. He mentioned the unoccupied home was being renovated by the owners.

Mount Washington, Shepherdsville and Zoneton Fire units also responded to the Raymond Rd. scene, along with Bullitt County EMS and Red Cross units.

Schank said the event was also being treated as a crime scene, with Bullitt County Sheriffs and Nichols Fire assisting the state fire marshal's office.

Twelve minutes after the Raymond Rd. call, Nichols and Shepherdsville units responded to a working structure fire at 2498 Highway 44 West.

Shepherdsville Fire Capt. Jon Garr reported two minor injuries to SFD firefighters, one with minor neck burns and smoke inhalation, the other with heat exhaustion.

Both firefighters were transported by Bullitt County EMS to Jewish Hospital Medical Center South.

Garr confirmed the Highway 44 residence was unoccupied. He said the house was 50 percent involved during the fire, receiving substantial damages.

Bullitt County Sheriffs units also responded to the scene.

The Highway 44 incident is not being investigated as a crime scene.