STINNETT, Ky. (WYMT) - Leslie County officials Friday had a potentially dangerous situation on their hands. The county's 911 service was disabled for several hours by a fire.
County officials say shortly after midnight Friday morning, an abandoned house on Kentucky 421 in Stinnett went up in flames.
"It burnt through the telephone wires for T.D.S. and actually caused the 911 lines to go down," said Leslie County 911 coordinator Janet Morgan.
Lineman were on the scene as early as three o'clock Friday morning assessing the damage. The county judge-executive says restoring the link to 911 service was top priority.
"You know it's a serious situation," said Judge-Executive Jimmy Sizemore. "If somebody is injured bad, or the ambulance they need to get to 911, and if the lines are down that's a major problem."
As crews worked to install new telephone lines, 911 officials announced an alternative number people could call in the event of an emergency. They say the situation was limited to land line telephones only.
"We don't generally go down without service totally," said Morgan. ""Cell phone service is still working so if you called 911 from your cell phone, you would still get to be able to reach our 911 center."
Linemen were able to restore 911 service by early Friday afternoon. County officials say they are glad the situation was resolved quickly.
Firefighters with the Stinnett Volunteer Fire Department say they believe the blaze was arson. Anyone with information should call the police.