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Woman escapes burning home, loses nearly everything

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

MERCER COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The house is in ruins and the signs are all around, but what you won't see so easily is the life that's in ruins.

"She lost her husband this year, now losing her home and (she) doesn't have insurance. So it's obviously someone in desperate need," said Roger Hundley, one of several volunteers stepping in to help.

This is the Raptors Motorcycle Club and despite the biker stereotype, this group has a soft heart for helping others in need.

"That's what it's all about, it's all about brotherhood," started Hundley, "This is one of our member's mother's home. It caught fire last night and burned. As you can see, it's pretty much a total loss."

The fire flared up Saturday night around 8:30, the victim's son believes it sparked because of an extension cord in the home may have had an issue. The official ruling has not been released, but they do not believe it to be suspicious.

After learning of the fire, the group rallied at the house on West Broadway and spent Sunday digging in the ash, looking for things to save from the damage, unfortunately there isn't much.

"Eighty-percent of it burned to a crisp on the inside, and then a little bit of it is just water and smoke damage. But the stuff that's just water and smoke damage is in the living room area, TVs, furniture and that's pretty much made it where it's not salvageable."

While much of the house and the woman's pets were lost in the fire, the home owner was not and that's something that's not overlooked by these helpful friends.

"We're going to be doing what we can to help a friend and his mother," explained Hundley who added that they hope to have a dumpster handy on Monday to allow them to start the demolition work. Hundley went on to say, he and the group are hoping to find a way to help the woman rebuild, too.

This is a very difficult time for the woman, who sat watching in disbelief that her home is badly damaged, but there was a bit of a break according to Hundley. He said in the midst of all the ash, a room was spared from the flames. Inside the room, he said, are the treasures of the woman's late husband.


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