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Several departments battle house fire in Pike County

ISLAND CREEK, Ky. (WYMT) - A structure fire in the Island Creek community of Pike County kept several departments busy on Friday afternoon.

Officials with Island Creek Volunteer Fire Department say the call came in around 12:30 when some neighbors spotted smoke coming from the hillside behind a mobile home park.

Tyrone Habern says, "First reaction was to call 911, so they could get somebody up there to put the fire out."

When they arrived on scene firefighters found a vacant home engulfed in flames and requested assistance from Coal Run and Hurricane Creek Volunteer Fire Departments.

Habern says,"I said here we go again, somebody has set something on fire."

Pike County Volunteer Fire Departments have been feeling the heat from recent budget cuts but say that is not the reason fighting fires now often requires aid from several departments.

Kenneth Forsyth explains, "The money goes to help keep the department going...membership is what helps keep the department alive."

However, it is the decline in membership, which is causing each department to gradually age.

When asked how that impacts departments while fighting fires, Forsyth says, "It wears an old man down real fast."

Folks living in the area do say they are pleased and thankful for the quick response time of all three fire departments.

No injuries were reported. The fire remains under investigation by the Island Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

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