Pike Co. house fire results in total loss

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

A Kentucky state highway in Pike County was reduced to one lane while firefighters tried to save a home that caught fire in the John's Creek community.

Fire officials from two departments spent around four hours trying to put out the blaze. They said drivers first noticed the flames and called for help.

It happened just before 2 p.m. Oct. 12. The John's Creek Volunteer Fire Fepartment arrived in around four minutes, but then requested help from the Coal Run Fire Department who arrived around 10 minutes later.

"The flames were coming out the windows," said Chief Jason Wood of the John's Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

"We are thinking it was all electrical it started in the roof at the third floor," said Wood.

Both officials said that the fire was difficult to contain.

"It was a little different," said Chief Levi Coleman of the Coal Run Volunteer Fire Department.
"It got in between the ceiling and an open space, kind of an attic space so it took us a little while to get to the hot spots and get it out but we finally got ahold of it."

Fire officials said that while no one was inside of the home at the time of the blaze, four cats died as a result off the fire. They said that the home has been considered a total loss.

"There was a lot of stuff that we salvaged from the third floor but there was a lot of stuff that was water damaged and smoke," said Wood.

It took around four hours to get the flames under control. No one was injured.

"We did the best we could to save the structure," said Wood. Wood said t hat the help from Coal Run resulted in around 15 firefighters who came to the scene.

Officials said the home was being rented by a family, but they did not want to comment.

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