A grass fire burned roughly 25 acres, destroyed a woman's home and killed her three dogs.
Smoke hangs over the area around Beaumont Road, in Jessamine County, as firefighters spray water to cool down spots still smoldering from a fast moving fire. In the middle of it all, a woman stands with her family weeping.
"I was in church when I got the phone call then I sped here, but it was already too late," said Donna Burton.
Burton said she just moved to Jessamine County from Ohio, and now she's lost everything including her three dogs.
"It's the hardest thing I've ever been through, to lose totally everything that I had," said Burton, "the dogs, everything has gone up in smoke."
The fire was reported by a passerby around 3 p.m. and the with the dry conditions the fire wasn't easy to handle at first.
"It went up very quick," said Jessamine County Fire District Chief Michael Rupard.
When the crews first arrived on scene, they had a big issue to face. The fire was spreading into a large field and also burning towards another home.
"We had to break down to three different commands. We had a command on the grass fire area, a command on the structure, and then a command over everything. (It was) kinda hectic," described Chief Rupard.
The fire chief said it appeared that the flames were triggered by a short from Burton's A/C unit inside her camper. From there the fire burned roughly 25 acres, three outbuildings, several vehicles, and started to burn another home before firefighters were able to put it out.
Chief Rupard said things could've been a lot worse, if not for the help from Lexington and Nicholasville.
"I mean we're strapped and when it comes to grass fires you never have enough (help)."
Also, the chief says the wind shifted, blowing the flames back towards the burnt ground, sparing other homes. Still for Burton, it doesn't change the fact that she lost much of what mattered most to her.
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