Family escapes burning Harrison County home

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

HARRISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A family managed to escape after their two-story home caught fire.

The home caught fire just before seven Thursday morning on North Second Street in Berry.

"The minute I heard the call come out, I knew exactly where it was,"explains The Berry City Fire Department Captain, Mike Perry. "It's my brother-in-law's house, they were just getting settled in. Thankfully, I live in the city limits so I was able to get over there with three other guys and help knock down the flames."

The Berry City Fire Department responded and had to call for extra assistance. Fire crews from Cynthiana also responded.

"I tried to call the volunteer fire department in the city but no one responded so I had to call Cythiana, which is thirteen miles away. It took them roughly ten minutes to respond, but those ten minutes can be precious time if someone is stuck inside."

The fire started in an upstairs bedroom. Everyone was able to get out. Firefighters were able to eventually knock down the fire.

"We're trying to work with the city because this situation could have ended much worse if someone was stuck inside and we couldn't get any aid for more than ten minutes. Especially with this affecting my family, I'm more motivated to get an answer to this and hopefully rectify the problem."

We're told the family just moved in the home ten days ago.

At this point, investigators believe the fire was electrical in nature.

They credit smoke detectors for alerting the family of the fire.

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