Firefighters’ Quick Response Saves Home
A home located at the corner of Hwy. 77 and Hilliard Street just north of Loop 123 in Lexington, suffered severe damage due to a fire last Tuesday morning. The initial investigation revealed that the cause of the fire may have been a flashlight charger located in the front bedroom.
The Lexington Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 8:25 a.m. to 9143 N. Hwy. 77. Michael Milburn, Assistant Fire Chief with the Lexington VFD, said when they arrived, some of the neighbors were breaking out windows in the front and on the sides of the home in order to rescue anyone that may have been in the house.
It was discovered that no one was home; however, a number of cats and one dog are believed to have lost their lives due to the blaze. One small dog was rescued in the house. The long-haired dachshund was found under an ottoman in the living room.
Milburn said they had the fire knocked out within a minute of arriving. “ We only used 110 gallons of water, which shows the incredible technology of our big truck.”
Even though they had the fire contained quickly, all seven fire fighters who helped at the scene stayed at the residence until about 10 a.m., watching for hot spots.
When asked whether or not the home was a total loss, Milburn said, “That will be the decision of the insurance company. We managed to contain the fire to the front bedroom; however, smoke damage was pretty intense. The heat from the fire melted some items in the kitchen, which was on the very opposite side of the house.”
The home is owned by Phillip and Teresa Cates.