TURKEY CREEK, Ky. – Flames were shooting through the roof as firefighters arrived on the scence of a fire at the Tug Fork Apartments on State Rt. 292 near Turkey Creek, Ky. on Tuesday morning around 11 a.m.
Four fire departments responded to the blaze. Turkey Creek Volunteer (TCVD) was the first to get the 911 call at 11:05 a.m. and then the Belfry Volunteer Fire Department responded with mutual aid. Then the Chatttaroy Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) responded with mutual aid and the Hatfield Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) brought extra manpower.
Belfry brought their aerial truck, along with two engines. Turkey Creek responded with two engines and the CVFD brought a pumper and tanker to help fight the fire.
Two apartments sustained fire damage, while two adjacent apartments received smoke and water damage, according to Chief Tim Cline of the TCVD. There were no injuries. Cline said that the maintenance men at the complex evacuated everyone from the center complex where the fire originated.
Cline said one maintenance worker tried to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher, but the flames had a head start and the smoke was very heavy.
The fire originated in an apartment of Allison Tincher. Cline said the cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Kentucky State Police. He said it could have started in a couch or chair, according to information from someone at the scene of the fire.
“The windows had already blown out when we arrived on the scene,” Cline said. “The fire was coming out of the roof.”
“We had the fire under control in 45 minutes,” Cline added. He said Belfry had to leave the fire scene and respond to another call at Murphy Bottom road along U.S. 119 near Belfry. Thankfully that fire was not as serious.
“We work well together, ” Cline said of the fire departments that responded with mutual aid.