Crews from two counties respond to battle house fire in Jessamine Co.

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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Multiple fire crews fought a house fire in Nicholasville Friday morning.

Crews responded to a home in the 1100 block of Ash Grove Road just before 7:30 Friday morning.

"We built the house 20 years ago," said homeowner Michael Garrison.
"Moved in in December of '96 and had our first baby in April of '97."

Garrison says he heard a loud boom that woke him up on Friday morning.

"My dog kept barking a little bit and I heard a little bit of noise and came out of the bedroom and saw smoke. I saw the fire under the fireplace, where it is not supposed to be. I ran to get a fire extinguisher and put it out. I heard a hissing sound, so I knew the propane was leaking in the house."

Garrison decided to leave the house and call for help. Soon after, flames were shooting from the home. Officials say the fire got into the walls and attic, causing it to spread quickly. The roof of the home collapsed.

Crews had a hard time fighting the fire because of a shortage of water supply.

"They were telling me that the fire hydrants, there's not enough fire hydrants out here," Garrison said. "It was so far away that had they had a little bit more consistent water, they might've been able to save a little more. Who knows. They don't know. We don't know."

The fire chief estimates they used 20,000 gallons of water to put out the fire. The Lexington Fire Department helped supply them with extra water.

Neighbors who saw the fire, say they were worried for the family's safety.

"The flames were just terrible. I thought it was going to burn down, I really did," neighbor Dottie Carter said.

"I can't even imagine waking up and something like that happening in my house," Daniel Breeden, who lives in the area, said.

Garrison lost a lot of his belongings but is happy he is alive.

"God took care of all of us and all of this stuff is replaceable. It's just stuff."

The Jessamine County Fire chief said he believed lightning sparked the fire. Meteorologist Jim Caldwell reported that between 7:30 and 7:45, he detected lightning throughout the area of the home.

People who live nearby say they are going to rally together and do what they can to help their neighbor out.

"All of our neighbors from up at the corner down to here have already said we're going to do something to help them, so we'll see what they need," Carter said.

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