The State Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating a fire that destroyed a home early Monday morning in Maysville. The double-wide mobile home owned by Tony Smith was totally destroyed in the blaze.
Smith was out of town at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.
Units from the Maysville, Commerce and Jackson County Correctional Institute fire departments responded to the call at 844 West Freeman Street around 6:30 a.m.
Jackson County Emergency Services Director Steve Nichols said the house was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene.
Several of Smith’s neighbors reported hearing explosions at the time of the Monday morning blaze.
Smith and his home were in the news in August 2008 after he caught a man in the act of burglarizing his home. After three consecutive burglaries at his home, Smith was waiting for the burglar, who he “knew” was a neighbor.
James Welch, 28, West Freeman Street, allegedly jimmied the front door of Smith’s residence with a plastic card, entered the house where Smith confronted him with a pistol. Welch lives two doors down from Smith. Smith held Welch at gunpoint until police arrived.