FLATWOODS, KY. (WSAZ) -- In the eyes of investigators, a fire is more than just smoke and flames.
When the 911 call came in Thursday night about a fire in Greenup County, the Flatwoods Police Department was right behind the fire department. It's all part of a new age of taking no chances.
Drew Brown's peaceful stay with his grandmother in Flatwoods was rudely interrupted Thursday night.
"My uncle came over and said the house next door was on fire," said Brown.
Knowing no one was home, Drew immediately thought of the neighbors dogs trapped inside.
"I couldn't open the door so I kicked it in," Brown told WSAZ.com. "I called for the dogs and left the door open, but..."
But no sign of the dogs. Firefighters had their hands full trying to keep the flames contained to this one house. As soon as they had it knocked down, they moved in.
Also moving in, the Flatwoods Police and members of the FADE drug task force. And here's the thing, it's not that there was any reason whatsoever to suspect arson or anything criminal here. They just leave no stone unturned these days -- in any neighborhood.
"We have empty houses where people have gone in and built labs," said Police Chief Kraig Hankins. "They just don't care. If the house catches fire, they're not out anything. But it is a danger to the houses next door."
And that's why both fire and police are counting on neighbors to keep an eye out before something happens.