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A Stringtown home sustained major damage in a fire Monday morning at 1734 Harrodsburg Road.
No one was home when the fire started, and its cause remains under investigation.
“There are a couple of things we are looking at,” said Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes. “We haven’t been able to pin it down and say for sure what we think it is.”
The home was rented by Beverly Terry, who lived there with her children.
The fire apparently started in her bedroom, which along with the attic, sustained major damage. The rest of the home sustained significant smoke damage.
“We had taken out some of her furniture to keep water damage away from it,” said Barnes. “The kitchen stuff will be able to be cleaned and kept, but all of her belongings in her bedroom were destroyed.”
The fire was spotted by the home’s owner, Walter Metcalf, while on his way to work. Barnes said Metcalf called Terry to tell her the home was on fire shortly after she arrived at work.
When she arrived at the scene around 8, the home was still smoldering but firefighters were venting it out and removing damaged items.
She immediately became concerned about her dog, as she and friends started combing the neighborhood to find it.
The dog was eventually found alive in the living room behind the television.
“I’m not sure if that’s where the dog sleeps or went to hide,” Barnes said. “The living room had the least amount of smoke damage. The dog probably knew there was lots of smoke and things going on, but not enough to create any health issues for him.
“Firefighters found him when they were carrying furniture out of the living room. When they got to the TV, he jumped up from behind the stand. We didn’t rescue him as much as convinced him to come outside.”
Barnes said three trucks, five tankers and about two dozen firefighters responded, along with Anderson County EMS and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.
He said the response was good, considering it was a Monday morning and the volunteers were all likely headed to work.
“That fire was probably about four or five minutes away from being a fully involved house fire,” Barnes said. “I was concerned about the number of folks we’d have available. Fortunately we had a good initial response, and when we toned out for additional manpower, we had enough help to do it.”
Also fortunate was the fact that the fire started in the front right corner of the home instead of the rear.
“If it had started in the back corner near the kitchen, with the wind we had, it would have went through that house like a blow torch,” Barnes said.
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