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Knott County apartment fire victim gets help from unlikely place

MOUSIE, Ky (WYMT) - One month ago Thursday several Knott County families lost their homes during a fire at a housing complex.

Elmer Bolen Jr. is one of those people, but he is not homeless anymore.

In fact, he got some help from an unlikely place.

Bolen now lives at the Jones Fork Volunteer Fire Department.

"It's a pretty nice place, at least I have a roof over my head," said Bolen.

With both legs missing and only one arm, Bolen said he counts his blessings everyday because he knows he could be in a worse situation.

"It tickles me to death, people helping me like that," said Bolen.

He said he is lucky to have such a loving community looking out for him.

"They just nice people over here in Mousie," said Bolen.

Carl Gibson is the fire chief and said his men have been close with Bolen for years.

"He is our buddy," said Gibson.

He said they love having Bolen around and he even helps the department out.

"He is handicap but he is pretty handy," said Gibson.

Gibson said Bolen is welcome to stay at the fire department as long as he needs to.

Bolen is in the process of looking for a permanent home.


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