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2012-10-25 / Front Page

Six People Safe Following Trailer Fire in Blue

On Tuesday, October 16, at about 11:20 a.m., the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department, along with the Lexington EMS and Blue Volunteer Fire Department, were dispatched to a home (trailer) fire at 1491 CR A in Blue.

LVFD Assistant Fire Chief, Michael Milburn, said, “The residence is located 12 miles from the LVFD station, with a suggested Google Maps travel time of 21 minutes. We responded within minutes, but we could already see the black smoke as we were leaving town.”

Milburn said that when the firefighters arrived at the scene, the structure was fully engulfed, with the north end already collapsed and a camper trailer behind the house starting to burn.

Milburn said, “We were advised while in route that all occupants were out of the house and we started to extinguish the flames upon arrival. We blacked out the fire fairly quick and, while we were mopping up, we learned what had happened.”

“The fire is being ruled as electrical in nature by the accounts given to us by an elderly woman who was in the north end of the house when the fire started. The fire started behind the hospital bed where she lay. She said she heard some popping sounds and then saw the flames. She tried to extinguish the flames, but was unsuccessful, so she started calling for help.”

“There were also four other adults and one child in the residence. A couple of the adults helped the elderly woman get out. Then they realized that one adult and the small child were not out yet. The homeowner’s boy friend, who was previously in the house, removed a window air conditioning unit from the south end of the house and pulled the young child and the remaining adult out of the home through the window.”

“The remaining adult stated that she tried to make it down the hall, but was overcome by the heat and smoke, so she had to retreat back to the bedroom.”

The home was a complete loss, but, thankfully there were no injuries. Guy (Bubba) Hall, III, and Todd Zoch, with Lexington EMS checked out all six occupants, who refused treatment at the scene.

The American Red Cross was called by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to assist the displaced family.

LVFD responded with three units and six firemen, including Rodney Qualls, Robert Brister, Phillip Boettcher, Allen Retzlaff, Chris Billings, and Michael Milburn.

BVFD responded with one unit and two firemen, including Ben Berg and Ward Taylor.

LCSO deputies Michael York, JackAllen, and Carry Ray were also on scene to assist.

They were on scene for about two and one-half hours.

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