Psychic visits site of Bardstown house fire where 10 perished
By Mark Schnyder
(BARDSTOWN, Ky.) -- Some members of the family that lost 10 loved ones in the Bardstown house fire in early February want the investigation reopened after consulting with a psychic. WAVE 3 Investigator Mark Schnyder has more on this unusual turn of events.
He was a stranger doing some strange things at the burned-out Bardstown home where 10 people died in a fire.
Robbie Thomas says he's a psychic who can hear the sounds of the victims trying to escape the fire. He also believes something investigators do not.
"My determination is it's not an accident," Thomas said on the cause of the fire.
Now some in this still grieving family want police and fire investigators to take the psychic's findings seriously.
"I do not have fire training," Thomas admitted to about a dozen members of the media. But he says he has friends in law enforcement.
Thomas admits even before visiting the home for 10 minutes Friday, he'd already determined someone used the contents of a gas can behind the house to set the fire.
"There is a very volatile gas or something right there, you can see the yellow tape across," he says pointing to a photo of the back of the house that was taken while the scene was still under investigation.
Leslie Calbert, one of the victim's nieces commented on the official findings by fire investigators -- findings she doubts. "'Our Uncle Johnny was in the chair, he caused this fire, the door was blocked.' We didn't have closure with that."
Some of the victims' family say they never bought the fire marshal's explanation that a cigarette caused the devastating fire, but they're believing Thomas, a man they met for the first time when he showed up the morning of March 29th.
"It seems like the things he (Thomas) was telling us seems to explain, like gasoline, that's a fast burn," Calbert says.
Thomas says he came to provide closure and peace to the family, but that's not exactly what's happening. Some members of the family chose to have nothing to do with his visit.
While others in the family are now convinced someone murdered their loved ones, even though authorities found no evidence of that and have no plans to reopen the investigation.
Online Reporter: Mark Schnyder
Online Producer: Michael Dever