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Fire destroys expensive Eastwood home, former owner accused of financial crimes cooperating

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Investigators believe the fire started in the basement of the home Investigators believe the fire started in the basement of the home

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As far as arson investigators are concerned the former homeowner whose nearly $1 million Eastwood house burned down has been honest and forthcoming.

Despite what the U.S. Attorneys' Office allege, Louisville Metro Arson Squad said Wilbur Anthony Huff, 52, has fully cooperated with their investigation into a fire March 18.

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The Kentucky businessman is facing a $53 million tax evasion scheme and other financial crimes totaling $100 million.

Huff is awaiting federal trial as arson detectives conduct a separate and independent investigation into what caused the fire in the basement of his $920,000 house, according to Major Henry Ott.

"The Huffs provided whatever information that we needed. He's answered every question. So in the end he's cooperating as we move forward with the investigation," Major Ott said.

A fire created a crater in Huff's 5,368-square foot foreclosed home. Investigators still haven't determined the source of the fire, only that it started in the basement.

"We don't want to draw any conclusions. It is a suspicious fire. It happened in the middle of the day. It was real advanced when the firefighters got there. We want a good, neutral investigation. So it would be inaccurate to say this is an arson investigation because we haven't determined it was intentionally set," Major Ott said.

Ott said there is one barricade in the way - the bank. Investigators need to move heavy machinery in to the structure to finish their investigation and they keep getting denied by the bank.

"The banks just don't want to cooperate. In fact they typically haven't released any information to us and as a result it's been a challenge to complete our investigation," Major Ott said.

Huff and his attorneys declined to provide a comment.

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