Several fires were reported across the county over the weekend.
A motorist driving on U.S. 119 reported a house fire near the Dayhoit bridge at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Wallins Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dean Green said the residence of William and Sherrie Jennings was a total loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Green said upon arrival, there were flames coming out every window and door. No one was at home at the time of the fire, but three dogs inside the home died.
Also responding to the fire was the Sunshine Volunteer Fire Department, Harlan Emergency Management Services (EMS) and the Harlan City Fire Department.
At approximately 10 a.m. on Saturday, Harlan Emergency Management Services (EMS) Director David McGill said he responded to a fire at the home of Darla Jackson in Cranks.
“Upon arrival, the Martins Fork Volunteer Fire Department was already on the scene,” said McGill. “They were checking the residence to see if they could find any smoke because the residence was locked. A family member then returned and notified us that someone had gotten burned and was taken to the hospital. They said there was in fact a fire, but it was extinguished before they left and it appeared to be a kitchen fire, possibly from a frying pan. There was minimal damage.”
While returning home from an out-of-town trip, Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Tyler Cornett said he responded to a residential fire at 158 Gilley Hollow at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Saturday.
“Upon arrival at the scene, I observed the fire being extinguished,” said Cornett. “Firefighters were inside the home checking for hot spots. I went in to assist them, checking for hot spots, salvage and overhaul. We then began the investigation into the cause of the fire.”
Cornett added the owner of the home told them the fire originated in the fireplace in the living room section of the home. He said the structure was a total loss, but some contents were salvageable.
“Everything we determined in our investigation leads us to believe the fire did originate from the fireplace,” said Cornett. “Later that night at 11:20 p.m. the Cumberland Fire Department was paged out to the location once again for a rekindle. Upon arrival at the scene just the door facings on the front door of the house was smoldering and we took care of that section so it would no longer burn and then went through the rest of the home with a thermal imaging camera to check for any places that might ignite.”
Cornett said no one was injured during the fire. Responding to the fire was the Cumberland Fire Department and Putney Volunteer Fire Department.
Cornett also added there were two different brush fires in Blair over the weekend. He said the Kentucky Division of Forestry had been responding off and on for several days to these fires.
“The Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department was paged out to these fires because they were nearing some residences. We went and extinguished what we could in order to defend the homes nearby,” said Cornett. “We don’t have the training or the equipment to fight the wildland firefighting. All we can do is try to defend structures near the fires.”
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