Fire Destroys One Latonia Home, Badly Damages Another
UPDATE (4:47PM): The person being questioned by Covington Police is a woman who apparently suffers from psychological issues, including paranoia/schizophrenia. She is suspected of igniting some materials in the house and then leaving the scene. She was found at the scene shortly after and was taken in for questioning. There are no official charges yet against this woman.
The Covington Fire Department responded Monday afternoon to a fire at a home on Huntington Avenue in Latonia that eventually spread to the house next door. The first house, 4311 Huntington Avenue, was completely destroyed. Police were questioning one individual in connection with the fire.
Next door at 4309 Huntington, the upper floor and roof suffered fire damage. Paul Marshall's family has owned the house for seventy years and he rents it to a young married couple, Kyle and Emily Bunch, who have lived there for three years. "I had just left at about twelve-thirty. I came back and could see the smoke all the way from Wilder," said Kyle Bunch. "I was thinking, that's awful close to my house. I got to Decoursey and thought, that's either my house or the house next door."
Bunch was right on both accounts. Most alarming for him was the fact that his dog, Belle, was still inside. Nearly an hour after the flames were first reported, Covington firefighters emerged from 4309 Huntington with Belle safe in her cage. "I thought she was dead," Bunch said.
No people were inside either home and no one was hurt.
Marshall, the owner of 4309, said the property looked like a total loss, but Covington Fire Department Batallion Chief Seth Poston said he believed only 4311 was destroyed and that 4309 could be saved. 4311 will be knocked down as soon as possible, perhaps even as early as Monday. That destroyed property is listed on the Kenton County Property Valuation Administrator's page as being owned by the Richard F. Rothfuss estate.
Written by Michael Monks, Editor & Publisher of The River City News
PHOTO: Flames and smoke on two houses on Huntington Ave in Latonia/Marvin Wischer for RCN