May 5, 2014
Fire damaged a home on Fee Drive near the Day Branch community on Thursday.
According to a press release, Martins Fork Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Jim Stewart was the first to arrive at the scene after receiving a page from Kentucky State Police. Stewart saw heavy smoke coming from the residence of Wendell and Karin Middleton. Stewart contacted Martins Fork Fire Chief Scott Blanton and called Sunshine Volunteer Fire Department for assistance.
The release states Stewart slowed the progression of the fire with a fire extinguisher while waiting for assistance to arrive. Blanton arrived with the first fire engine and entered the structure with Stewart. Stewart and Blanton were able to contain the fire to one wall in the home that separates the kitchen and the living room. Members of the Martins Fork Fire Department arrived, deploying equipment and another fire engine.
Sunshine Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene shortly after, supplying more manpower and trucks, including a tanker. Sunshine Fire Chief Steven Hatfield entered the residence and relieved Stewart and Blanton, who were becoming exhausted due to the intense heat, the release states.
Blanton said one Sunshine firefighter suffered a mild form of heat exhaustion, but recovered within 30 minutes after being given some fluids and resting. The firefighters were able to save many sentimental items from the home at the owners request.
“I attribute the quick thinking and initial action of Assistant Chief Stewart with saving the home,” said Blanton.
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