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Police: Mercer Co. Grocery Fire Intentionally Set

Photo courtesy of Kentucky State Police

MERCER COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentucky State Police say an fire that destroyed a Mercer County business early Tuesday morning appears to have been intentionally set.

Authorities also said it was the second intentionally set fire there in the last three weeks.

Crews were called out around 3 a.m. after the fire broke out at the Rose Hill Food Basket on Mackville Road outside of Harrodsburg.

Several fire stations arrived at the grocery store to find it going up in flames.

The decades-old business is a total loss, and the family says they won’t be able to rebuild.

A trooper on the scene told LEX 18 there have been “some issues” in the past that they’re looking into. One of those issues was a fire set in the back of the building earlier this month.

Police say that fire put itself out, but police say it was intentionally set.

That incident’s evidence will be considered in the investigation into Tuesday’s fire.

KSP is asking anyone with information in the case to call 859-623-2404 or the Arson Task Force at 800-27ARSON (800-272-7766). The Arson Task Force is offering up to a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the case.

Photo courtesy of Kentucky State Police
Melissa Ratliff

Melissa Ratliff

Melissa is the Executive Producer of Digital Content at LEX 18.
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