UPDATE: Four people dead after fire intentionally set in Saratoga Springs neighborhood
The questions remaining about the deaths, and what relatives are saying about the victims.
JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say four people -- including at least one child -- were found dead Sunday afternoon after a house fire that was set intentionally in the Saratoga Springs neighborhood.
According to LMPD, first responders got the initial reports of a fire around 2:30 p.m. at a home on Saratoga Springs Place in Jeffersontown.
“The smoke kept getting thicker and thicker,” described neighbor, Melissa Halfhill. “We hear a lot of fire engines come through here and different things, but rarely do you have a house fire and with that rarely do you have someone in the house at the time.”
“Going inside, [firefighters] noticed they had fires on multiple floors of the house, and multiple victims,” said Chief Sean Dreisbach with the Jeffersontown Fire Department. “It is confirmed arson.”
“Upon further investigation, there was in fact an arson at the home. Four people are deceased,” said LMPD spokesperson, Dwight Mitchell.
Mitchell would not say if the four lived in the home, or if it’s believed that the fire killed the victims. He did say the dead included adults and children.
Rev. J. Richard Sullivan, the pastor of Saint Michael says the family living in the home attended his church. He says they were a husband, wife, and their two young kids.
In a statement, Sullivan said: “We ask prayers for family members and friends affected by this tragedy.”
An extended family member also tells WDRB, the victims are a man, wife, and two children, and that the wife had just filed for divorce. The relative says family members do not believe the fire is what caused their deaths.
“It’s very scary. Very sad. My heart goes out to the whole family,” Halfhill added.
“It was just very sad, because I knew them very well. They were really nice people and a nice family,” described Halfhill’s 10-year-old daughter, Caroline.
The incident remains under investigation by the LMPD Homicide Unit and Louisville Fire Department’s Arson Unit.
No names have been released.
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