A fire on Cedar Street in Loyall early Thursday morning destroyed one home and damaged two other homes, along with a storage building.
Loyall Fire Chief Vern Guffy said he was paged to the scene “somewhere around midnight” and upon his arrival the home was fully engulfed.
Guffy said he and his firefighters tried to contain the fire “as best they could” and then he made the decision to pull his firefighters out because of the heat and intensity of the fire.
Guffy said a home next door received damage from the heat, melting the vinyl siding and cracking windows. He said a wooden storage building also next door was damaged.
“A modular home across the street was also damaged,” said Guffy. “The vinyl siding was melted on this home also. Two telephone cables owned by AT&T were damaged and several homes are without phone service. I think a line providing Internet service by Harlan Community TV was also damaged.”
Guffy said the home was being rented by Brandy Lewis and her children.
After talking with Lewis, she said she lived there with her four young children and her brother, Michael Lunsford. They had moved there April 1.
She said no one was home at the time of the fire, but added the family lost their two Chihuahua dogs and a pet bird in the fire.
“Red Cross contacted us and we are meeting with them today,” said Lewis. “I’m just so glad no one was at home when this happened.”
Also responding to the fire was the Harlan Fire Department, Harlan County Sheriff’s Office and the Kentucky State Police.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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