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A Volunteer Firefighter Watches As Her Home Is Destroyed By Fire

By: Amanda Price Email
By: Amanda Price Email

A volunteer firefighter watches as her home is destroyed by fire in Breathitt County.

Now the single mother and her two sons are staying with neighbors until they can find a new
place to live.

Firefighters say most of the fire was in the ceiling and it spread quickly.

Now, family and friends are wondering how it started.

A mother, Kassandra Scotland, taking college classes comes home to a sight that left her speechless. “It looked to me, I didn't see fire. I just seen the smoke. I couldn't get out of my car at that point. I mean it took me a long time to be able to speak.”

Roger Friley, with Jackson Fire Department says, “A passer-bye called it in on 911 and said there's smoke coming out of the eves of the house.”

The flames took over and the house was completely destroyed.

Scotland says she had to tell her kids, starting with her 10 year old. “I don't think he understands, I just told him we couldn't go home. Michael, he's my oldest, he's 16. It’s hard to hear your kid cry.”

Scotland says she doesn't know what could have started the fire. “There was nothing in the house that I know that could have caught on fire because I’m 100 percent sure the furnace was not on, there was nothing wrong with my hot water heater.”

Officials say the family is asking for an arson investigator to look into it. Friley says, “I think some of the family members is wanting to point fingers as somebody but at this point we don't know what caused it.”

Scotland says, “I’ll be fine because I won't stop and I won't quit. We’ll make it back on our feet one way or another. I’ll work; if I have to work more I’ll just work more.”

Scotland says despite having some insurance, the fire is a big set back, but she's determined to move forward.

Nobody was home when the fire started and officials are still investigating the cause.


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