During a downpour Tuesday night, a Putney trailer was destroyed in a fast-spreading blaze.
Fire trucks raced through mud and rain to Habe Street, a backroad just off KY 522, after the emergency call was made. When they arrived on the scene, firefighters shrugged off the cold, wet weather and got down to the business of fighting the fire.
This time, it was different. They were working a fire that was ravaging the home of one of their own. Putney volunteer firefighter Adam Johnson fought in vain as the trailer where he, his mother and sister lived went up in smoke.
Catherine Harris and her 16-year-old daughter, Kathy, also lived in the trailer.
"It's pitiful," said Putney Fire Department member David Hightower "It's something, when you think about it, that you could lose everything you own in just about 15 minutes."
Several Putney volunteer firefighters responded, along with one firefighter from Cumberland and another from Bledsoe.
Hightower said the trailer was fully engulfed when his department arrived on the scene. He said the only thing they could do was contain the blaze and to keep it from spreading to an adjacent trailer.
According to Putney Fire Department Chief William Cornett, four trucks were dispatched, and his crew stayed on the scene until about 10:30 p.m. The department first responded at 7:14 p.m.
"This family lost everything," Cornett said. "We'd be happy to accept donations on their behalf, and we would make sure it would all get to them."
Those interested in making contributions should contact the Putney Volunteer Fire Department
Cornett said the cause of Tuesday night's fire is undetermined.