Friends helping Pike Co. fire victims

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A fire broke out Friday evening, leaving one Pike County family devestated, destroying their home and everything they own. The community is now rallying around the family to help them get back on their feet.

It is a scene, friends of the LIttle family say you never want to see, especially on on such a special weekend. Family friend, Jesse Bowling explains, "Hate to see anybody go through a hard time like this, especially Easter weekend, when it is time to celebrate our Lord and Savior."

Fire officials say they received a call about a structure fire on Peach Orchard Branch just after 9 o'clock Friday evening and were on the scene within approximately 15 minutes.

Folks in the community say house fires seem to be a growing problem in Pike County. Bowling says, "Especially in the past year so many people have lost their homes due to fire and a lot of people have lost family members and it is just a travesty."

Fortunately no one was home when this fire started, Fire officials say when they arrived on scene they quickly realized they were dealing with more than a single structure fire. Island Creek Fire Chief Randy Courtney says, "We arrived to find a fully involved structure fire, along with a camper, 2 other vehicles, a 4-wheeler, an out building, and another building, we had a really big mess all at one time."

Officials say it is not just the property loss that hurts, "Melissa told me, I think, they've been there 23 years of their life, and you know the memories and everything."

When friends heard what happened to a family they say is always helping the community, they immediately took action and began organizing donations.

Bowling says, "They are tremendous people, all they do is give, give, and give...going to help, try and get them on their feet, they've got a hard way ahead of them."

Most importantly, Bowling says, their friends are safe and that is something to be thankful for on this Easter weekend.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

If you are interested in donating food, clothing, or other necessities, contact Jesse Bowling at 606-424-6203 or email

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