House fires leave two families homeless for the new year
by Alan Reed
Jan 09, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two Trigg County families started their New Year with catastrophic news when separate fires destroyed their homes last week.

East Golden Pond Deputy Fire Chief David Bryant said that his department responded to the first fire at the home of Susan Hyde at Oak Grove Church Road on December 31. “We had six trucks there and were on the scene for five hours with 18 men.” No injuries were reported in the fire.

The Second fire, on Riley Hollow Road was reported at 5:30 a.m. on January 2. Bryant said Angie Parker rented the home. “We had four trucks at the scene for three hours.”

According to Bryant, both houses were “total losses.” For the first fire, he attributed high winds to the destruction, with gusts up to 35 m.p.h. “We had high winds at the second fire, too, but by the time we got there, it was too far gone.”

Bryant said that both fires were ruled accidental in nature and were not under investigation. He added that firefighters believed the source of ignition to come from a heating source within the homes.

A third fire brought the South Road Fire Department a home at 9185 South Road according to Trigg County Public Information Officer Matt Ledford. The call came to Trigg County Dispatch at 6:30 p.m. on January 5. Ledford said that the truck was owned by Billy Ray Futrell but at the time of the fire, was driven by Chad Futrell. He said that the cause of the fire was believed to be electrical, but remained under investigation.

Assisting both families involved in the hose fires was the Trigg County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

“We did what our budget allowed, but would liked to have done more,” said Disaster Committee Chairman Ron Brown. “Many people think the Red Cross provides only for large disasters, but most disasters families face are house fires. It can be a huge disaster.”

Brown said that the Trigg County’s all-volunteer chapter provided the families with a week’s worth of groceries and vouchers for $190 for each family member to replace shoes and clothing. “We distribute comfort kits with basic necessities like soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, razors and other basic necessities that the families can take with them when they need to relocate. We’ve given out a total of $1,455 in vouchers for these families.”

Read more about fires in the January 9 Cadiz Record.
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