A fire late Monday caused extensive damage to a home belonging to Charlotte Nolan, located at 308 North Cumberland Avenue in Harlan.
Harlan Fire Chief Linette Hutchison said the Harlan Fire Department was dispatched at approximately 9 p.m. Monday, after receiving a call from Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Mitch Alford, who lives in the same area and was traveling on the Harlan bypass when he spotted the fire.
“I had a guy sitting at the fire station and after he received the initial call he called me and said he was ready to go,” said Hutchison. “Everybody converged and upon arrival at the scene there was heavy smoke coming out of the roof and the roof vent. There was fire coming out of the kitchen window.”
Hutchison said they kicked the door in on the front porch and because the smoke was so heavy she told firefighters to hold up until water could be shot in from the back side of the house to cool it down some.
“They were able to get into the home and put the fire out, which was mostly in the kitchen area of the home,” said Hutchison. “The fire was in the area where the water heater is in the basement of the home, but the cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The fire traveled up through the walls all the way into the attic. That’s what was causing us some trouble. For the amount of smoke there was, the fire was actually small. There is a lot of smoke and heat damage. The kitchen part of the home was destroyed.”
Hutchison said no one was living in the home at the time of the fire. She said there was electricity in the home, but it has since been turned off by Kentucky Utilities.
“We will spend the day investigating the cause of the fire,” said Hutchison.
Also assisting with the fire was the Loyall Fire Department, Sunshine Volunteer Fire Department, a firefighter from the Putney Volunteer Fire Department, Harlan City Police, Harlan County Emergency Management and the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office.
Nolan is a well-known face to Harlan Countians and a longtime contributing columnist to the Enterprise.
Nola Sizemore may be reached at 606-909-4147 or on Twitter @Nola_hde