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Fire destroys home in Martin

By: Hillary Thornton Email
By: Hillary Thornton Email

MARTIN, Ky. (WYMT) - Four fire departments responded to a home on Jenny Street in Martin. The fire broke out around 10:30 on Friday morning, destroying the second home in less than four months on this particular street.

Firefighters from Martin City, Maytown, Garrett, and Wheelwright battled the flames at 27 Jenny Street for nearly three hours.

John Lawson, lives on Jenny Street and says, "I smelled something really strong and thought maybe somebody was using a wood stove because it was so cold this morning."

It is a scene folks on Jenny Street had witnessed in January. Lawson says, "I'm like oh man this house is on fire like the last one we had."

The homeowner, June Jones, who was home at the time of the fire says she lived in this home for more than 35 years.

Martin City Volunteer Fire Department Sergeant Keith Crum says, "More than likely the heat with these cool mornings lately, older houses, something gets hot the wood cathces fire very easily."

Officials say they believe the fire started in the basement and quickly spread into the walls and worked its way up.

Sergeant Crum says, "This one is a 100% loss, the ceiling is already caved in."

Jones' neighbors are in contact with the Salvation Army and local churches were on scene offering their support.

Officials say, thankfully all three people and the family dog that were in the home at the time of the fire did get out safely.

An official cause of the fire has not yet been determined.


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