If there's a word to describe Jack Partin and Aric Young's recent accident, it's probably lucky.
“I'll probably never forget the address of that house,” says Partin.
Partin is talking about the house on Sherwood Drive in Corbin, that was on fire in the middle of the night.
“We went in the front door,” says Partin. “Started to go in to find the fire. Next thing we knew, we were in the basement.”
“Just kept waiting to hit the ground,” said Young. “Seems like we fell forever. It was all in slow motion, just constantly falling.”
But the two were quickly rescued and neither sustained serious injuries. Partin had 8 stitches in his head, a hurt knee and possibly a cracked rib. Young is already back on the job after getting over a sore back.
“I landed on the bottom and then Jack came down on top of me. So everything hit him,” said Young.
Partin, Young and the chief say the accident could have been much, much worse. Basement falls have a track record of being fatal.
Lexington firefighter Chuck Williams died in a similar fall in February of 1997. Two Ohio firefighters were killed just this past April in a similar accident in Cincinnati.
“5 minutes before, 10 minutes before, It could have turned out a whole lot worse. I'm tickled to death to have a few scratches and scars. We could have fallen into an inferno,” Partin said.