APRIL 9, 2015
by WADE QUEEN
An explosion and resulting fire left a family home a total loss in the Blankenship Hollow area of Lawrence County, which is located near the Martin County line.
According to the Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency, the Cherryville Fire and Rescue Department responded to a report at around 8 A.M. that a house had exploded and was in flames at Blankenship Hollow.
Once they arrived on scene, the Cherryville crew determined they need further assistance, which led to a mutual aid call out, which got answered by the Inez Volunteer Fire Department, who sent a water tanker with a five man crew to help with the fire.
Both teams were eventually able to put out the flames, but the structure was declared a complete loss.
No injuries were reported and the homeowners were not home at the time of the fire.
The incident mark the second time in eight days a home was destroyed in a complete loss as a result of house fire.
Last Wednesday, April 1, at around 2 P.M. a fire left a family homeless after it was completely destroyed on Amber Lane in the Lomansville area of Lawrence County, near the Johnson County Line
American Red Cross Serving Eastern Kentucky was working with the family to provide them assistance. No one at the home or any emergency responders were hurt. However one firefighter was treated at the scene for heat exhaustion.