Authorities investigate possible arson at stabbing suspect's home
Kendall Herold, firstname.lastname@example.org , Sarah Beth Hensley, WCPO Digital
5:36 AM, Feb 13, 2012
7:21 PM, Feb 13, 2012
DAYTON, Ky. - Officials suspect a fire that broke out at a Northern Kentucky home early Monday morning may be a case of arson.
Officials responded to a fire at 216 3rd Avenue in Dayton, Ky., around 4:30 a.m. The small brick house was the same scene of a stabbing just a few weeks ago.
Arson investigators combed through what was left of the house with the help of a K-9 unit to detect possible signs of arson.
The resident of that home, David Vickers, wasn't home at the time of the fire. That's because he's in the Campbell County Detention Center, accused of stabbing a man at that home in late January. Vickers is charged with first degree assault.
Vickers' brother, Mark owns the home that caught fire Monday. He says the majority of personal items lost in the fire belonged to David. He tells 9 News he hasn't informed David of the fire yet, but plans to do so Monday evening during their usual evening phone call.
The home is a complete loss, with about $50,000 worth of damage, said Bellevue-Dayton Police Chief Michael Auteri. Although there isn't any proof of arson yet, Auteri says he believes there is a possible connection between the two incidents at the home.
No one else was in the residence at the time of the fire and no injuries have been reported.
Officials have not released any additional details about the fire at this time.
Stay with 9 News and WCPO.com for updates as they become available.