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Fire on the Loyall flood levee threatened homes

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

LOYALL, Ky. (WYMT) - Flames threatened homes and scared neighbors in Harlan County Tuesday afternoon. That was after a fire started on the Loyall flood levee!

Firefighters from two departments controlled the fire. The cause is considered suspicious.

Shortly before 2:00 on Tuesday afternoon, flames erupted on the flood levee in Loyall.

"I'm not used to being around a fire. It's a little bit nervewracking for me," Evelyn Cox who lives near the levee.

Firefighters say when they arrived, flames and smoke covered both sides of the levee. Officials say the wind pushed the flames across and down the earth wall.

In just an hour, the flames got close to homes.

"It being warm, dry, everything else being dried out and the little bit of wind we've had today, the fire could have easily jumped onto a nearby house," said Corey Miller, Assistant Chief of the Sunshine Fire Department.

The flames got close to Cox's and her neighbors' homes on Fourth Street in Rio Vista.

"It's frightening though, cause you never know. I look up here and I see the smoke, and there's houses really close," Cox said.

Firefighters from Sunshine and Loyall contained the fire before it got to any homes or other buildings.

The cause of the fire is undetermined but firefighters say it is suspicious.

"When we arrived, we actually found three points of origin, one on the actual Loyall side, one on the 119 side, and one here in the center you can see behind me," said Miller.

Firefighters say the investigation into the cause will start as soon as the fire is out.

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