Mt. Vernon family loses home and Christmas presents in fire

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MOUNT VERNON, Ky. (WKYT) - An arson investigator has been contacted after a Rockcastle County mobile home went up in flames on Christmas Eve destroying the home, including the family's Christmas presents.

A trailer fire sparked the night before Christmas when the family wasn't home. Signs of a 'Merry' Christmas burned in the fire just hours before Christmas actually started.

Only a few presents could be saved before firefighters requested more help when the fire intensified.

"A couple Christmas presents that had some heavy smoke damage. I think they recovered some diplomas from school and a Bible and a couple clothes from the back bedroom, but other than that, it was a total loss," said Jon Kerns, a safety officer with the Mount Vernon Fire and Rescue.

Amy Cromer of Mount Vernon and her boyfriend John Wells weren't home when their trailer went up in flames.

The couple lived there along with three kids, an 8-year-old boy, a 6-year-old girl, and another boy just 2 years old.

"It's always tough to see a family lose their home, especially Mount Vernon," said Kerns.

From what they can tell, it started in the family's living room. An arson investigator with state police has been contacted.

"There was heavy flames and heavy fire coming out of the living room upon arrival. It was a hot fire," said Kerns.

Right now, fire officials are just counting their Christmas blessings that no one was hurt.

Officials tell us they are investigating what could have started the fire this holiday.

Mount Vernon Fire and Rescue tell us this is the only fire they have worked this Christmas holiday.

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