A central Kentucky police chief and his family are without a home after a late night fire.
Carlisle Police Chief Darrell Layne lost everything. He went out of his home Wednesday night to get some fire wood and take his pets out. When he went back inside, he smelled smoke, but thought it was from the wood burning stove. A short time later, smoke started filling the home and Chief Layne realized it was on fire. He was able to get his pets and escape.
"That was the main concern, did his family members, if they were there, get out. Did all his pets get out, he has a lot of pets. And he also has a trained police dog that lives with him," Carlisle Police Sergeant Guy Turner. Turner did say all the pets made it out safely, and Chief Layne's wife and children were not home at the time.
The fire destroyed the home and everything inside it. The only item the chief was able to grab was a pair of boots. The Carlisle Police Department is collecting clothing, household items and toiletries for the family. If you would like to help, they need clothing in the following sizes:
Any donations can be made at the City Office or Carlisle Police Department located at 107 E. Chestnut Street. Contact police dispatch at (859) 289 -3711 or the City Office between the hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at (859) 289-3700.
There is also a donation fund set up at both Whitaker Bank and Farmer's National Bank in Carlisle.
Anyone not able to get to the police station to drop off donations, can call Carlisle Police and an officer can come pick them up.