Carl Grizovic spent three years building the barn in which he and two of his children were discovered dead late Sunday night.
Kentucky state police said the structure on KY-17 caught fire with the trio — Grisovic and his 7- and 9-year-old daughters — inside. KSP investigators will partner with the Campbell County Arson Investigation Team to determine how it happened.
Mourners who gathered Monday night inside the Grassy Creek Christian Church remembered watching Grizovic, 35, cut down trees on his property and turn them into building materials for the barn.
Sherry Cody, who attended the service, said nearby Demossville is a small enough community that any new construction makes waves.
“We know quicker than the internet,” she said. “Word gets out a little faster down here.”
She and her neighbors drive by the scene of the fire frequently, she added. It’s a convenient shortcut through town.
“He was a good man,” she said of Grisovic. “Took care of his kids, working hard on his property, on his house.”
Grisovic’s wife and three other children were not in the barn at the time of the fire.
“Really sad,” Cody said. “I just don’t think that children should have to bury their parent. Or their siblings. You know?”