AFLEX, Ky. – The Belfry Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire on two different occasions starting Wednesday night and again early Thursday morning at the Aflex community of Pike County.
The first call came in around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night, according to BVFD Chief Nee Jackson. “We were paged to a structure fire at Aflex.”
When the firefighters arrive on the scene they saw heavy smoke coming from an attached garage of the brick home.
Jackson said that the BVFD were able to bring the blaze under control, however the garage and two adjacent rooms were damage. Parts of the rest of the house received smoke and water damage.
During the first call the Belfry department responded with 17 firefighters and four trucks. They also received mutual aid from the Turkey Creek Volunteer Fire Department with a tanker truck for extra water and a couple of firefighters.
The BVFD rolled back into the station shortly after midnight after the first call.
“Around 5:45 a.m., the next morning, we were paged out again to the same house,” Jackson said. When firefighters arrived on the scene, the house was completed engulfed in flames and was leveled after the fire had rekindled.
Jackson said the home was owned by Earl Maynard and it was insured. The family was not at home at the time of the blaze. Jackson said the first time the blaze definitely started in the garage area. The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is investigating the structure fire. At this time the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Jackson said after the first fire on Wednesday night, firefighters were able to help salvage several personal items including some rifles, guitars and other property.
The BVFD responded with two trucks and limited manpower on the second call early Thursday morning, according to Jackson. They battled the extreme freezing temperatures while battling the fire.
“We would like to thank Turkey Creek Fire Department and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office for coming out and assisting with water supply and traffic control,” Jackson stated.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)