Fire investigated; Fulton man faces burglary charge
Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 8:05 am
The Messenger 07.20.09
A Fulton man is behind bars after being investigated for a suspicious structure fire earlier this spring in rural Fulton County, Ky.
Melvin Roach, 25, was charged Friday with one count of third-degree burglary following an investigation of a fire at an abandoned house on KY 239, north of Cayce, Ky., according to the Kentucky State Police.
The structure fire was reported May 21 and its cause was not immediately known. On July 13, the KSP received information that a meth lab explosion might have caused the fire. After further investigation, KSP Trooper Mike Cook arrested Roach.
The KSP was assisted by the Fulton County (Ky.) Sheriff’s Department and the Fulton Police Department.
The incident remains under investigation by the KSP, according to a press release from the agency.
The vacant farm house near the Kentucky-Tennessee state line apparently was being used as a refuge for cats that had been rescued by the Ken-Tenn Humane Society. It did not have electricity, officials with the organization told The Messenger in the days following the fire.
The Ken-Tenn Humane Society had reported having 32 cats at the farm house but initially found only six of them in the aftermath of the fire. Members continued to search the area for surviving animals and found a few others either burned or in shock.
The Ken-Tenn Humane Society is a non-profit organization that operates Ann’s Place, a shelter for animals in Union City.
Fulton County, Ky., Melvin Roach