First responders discovered drug paraphernalia in a Leitchfield home that caught fire on the night of Wednesday, December 4.
At around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, the Leitchfield Fire and Police Departments, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, and Grayson County Emergency Medical Services responded to a structure fire at 416 Mill Street.
No one was injured by the fire, but “there was significant damage to the house,” Leitchfield Fire Chief Jerry Schlosser said.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but it appears to have begun upstairs in the front right corner of the home, according to Schlosser.
The investigation into the cause of the fire was turned over to the police following Leitchfield firefighters’ discovery of drug paraphernalia in the home.
Leitchfield Police Officer Jesse Townsend, who responded to the fire, said, “The fire department asked us to enter the house to investigate a box of drug paraphernalia…The top half [of the building] was nothing but blackness.”
The type of drug recovered has not yet been determined, but in the box, officers found a “one-stepper,” which is a home-made kit for making methamphetamine, Townsend said.
The evidence has been turned over to the Greater Hardin County Drug Task Force for further investigation, Townsend said.
Schlosser reported that one male subject had been at the home prior to the fire but had fled the scene.
Steffan Willoughby, whose grandfather owns the home, is the current resident of the burned home and has not been seen since the fire took place, according to Townsend.
Willoughby is considered to be on the run, Townsend said.
Anyone with information regarding Willoughby’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the LPD by phone at 270-259-3850 or by submitting a tip via the LPD’s website, leitchfieldpolice.org. Individuals who submit tips may remain anonymous.