Corbin firefighters rescue man from burning home

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

A weekend house fire turned into a rescue mission for Corbin firefighters.

When firefighters get the call, they never know what they could be faced with.

"You got to protect that life," said Bryan Jenkins, Battalion Chief, Corbin Fire Department.

"It was anything but what we expected," said Chad Jackson, Corbin firefighter.

A home on Hatfield Avenue went up in flames more than 20 feet high. When firefighters arrived, neighbors told them a man was trapped inside.

"We went into two or three rooms, but the heat was so intense that we had to back out," said Craig Owens, Corbin firefighter.

Owens was on a ladder trying to pull the man, Kevin Malone, out of the burning home. He got him out, but they both took a tumble, falling about 15 feet to the ground.

"When he kicked off the wall, it sent both of us off the ladder into the ground," said Owens.

Owens said it all happened in a split second. He said he's been a bit sore, but other than that had no major injuries.

Neighbors tell Mountain News that Malone lived at the home with his girlfriend and three small children.

They were not there when the fire started.

"It's definitely something you won't forget, but that's what you train for. That instance, that one time it happens," said Owens.

Owens said it comes down to good training and teamwork, both of which saved the lives of the man in the home and the firefighters on scene that morning.

"After the rescue it was textbook," said Jenkins.

All part of a job in which the choices aren't always black and white.

Kevin Malone was taken to Baptist Regional Medical Center. We're told he has since been released from the hospital.

Corbin Police have launched an investigation into the cause of the fire. Investigators said it seems suspicious.

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