SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Fire destroyed a home Sunday morning in Scott County near Sadieville. Firefighters say the home in the 1200-block of North Rays Fork Road was fully engulfed when they responded around 7:30 Sunday morning.
You can still see some of the wood logs used to build the house that stood there before fire destroyed it. Richard Beckham could see the smoke from his nearby farm and hurried to get to his neighbor's home where he knew tenants were staying to watch the house for the owner. "Well, it was just walls standing when I got here," Beckham said, "and then of course it went in a hurry."
Firefighters say the home was fully engulfed when they arrived, but everyone inside made it out safely. Beckham says he spoke to the tenants shortly after they escaped. "They said that the alarm went off, and it woke them up," Beckham said, "so if it hadn't been for that, they wouldn't have got out."
Beckham says after the tenants made it out of the home, one of them tried to go back inside to save some personal items, but he quickly realized it was too late. "When he opened the doors up to go back in there, well that's when the windows went out," Beckham said.
Firefighters say they'll continue to investigate the cause of the fire, but so far they haven't found anything suspicious. "He said it started, seemed like in the walls when he went in there," Beckham said, "seemed like the fire was in the walls. He had walked around the house and went out after the fire alarm went off, and he didn't see nothing outside."
The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that when working smoke alarms are present in house fires, the chance of dying from the fire is cut in half. The same group reports that 88% of U.S. homes have at least one alarm, and the 12% without them have more than half the fires.
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