A firefighter has been released from the hospital after he was injured fighting a house fire early Tuesday in Bourbon County.
It broke out around 1:30 a.m. on College Road, north of North Middletown.
Firefighters say strong winds made fighting the fire difficult -- as did the rural location of the home.
"We woke up and it was 1:30 in the morning, and we looked right outside our bedroom window, and we saw the fire," says Stephanie Warner, the homeowner.
Warner says she and her husband Glen called 911 after seeing the flames on the porch, but by the time crews arrived they say the fire had spread to the side of the house.
"It's the high winds that are really causing some issues," says Bourbon County Fire Chief Lloyd Campbell. "Unfortunately it's rural Bourbon County, so we had to call a lot of mutual aid into shuttle water to get to the fire itself."
According to Chief Campbell, the fire was so violent, a firefighter was injured with 2nd and 3rd degree burns. Warner says that firefighter returned to the home after receiving treatment for those burns.
"We made an interior attack and like I said there were some embers and things that fell down and got in his coat, and caused the burns," says Campbell.
Fortunately the Warners and their 20 month old son Noah did make it out safe, as did four dogs, but one pet wasn't so lucky.
"We're pretty sure we lost her, and she was our best dog," says Warner. "It's horrible."
To make matters worse, also up in flames were all the Christmas presents the family bought Black Friday.
Chief Campbell says the structure of the Warner's home is a total loss, but there were some items inside that were salvageable.