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Million dollar Madison Co. home destroyed in fire

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - After a fire destroyed a house in Madison County Sunday night, investigators are trying to find a cause.

"I didn't expect us to save much of anything when we pulled up. It was that involved," said Madison County Fire Chief Jim Cox.

Firefighters responded to the house around 11:30 Sunday night. There were no hydrants nearby and firefighters had trouble pumping water from a pond, so they had to have tanker trucks haul water in from somewhere else. Hours later, the fire was out. The smoldering remains just a shadow of what had stood before, though firefighters were able to save a couple of rooms.

"There was one or two rooms there that you just couldn't hardly tell there was a fire except for some water inside. We walked in there kind of dumbfounded. The guys did a heck of a job," Cox said.

The home had been for sale, currently listed at more than $700,000. It had been previously listed at more than $1M. Firefighters think the fire may have started in the attic, but they're not sure just yet.

"A house of this magnitude - this is kind of an expensive house - we need to know exactly what caused it," Cox said.

The homeowners said their smoke detectors alerted them to the fire. The couple who live there weren't injured and they got their pets out safely.


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