Responding to the fire were the South Road Volunteer Fire Department and the Roaring Springs VFD. Though both companies were on the scene quickly, the intense blaze had spread through the house and could not be contained.
After about 15 minutes combating the inferno, the water in the pump-truck was exhausted requiring both companies to employ their water tank trucks to shuttle in more.
“The house was gone when we ran out of water. If we could have saved it, we would have gotten the trucks here quicker. At that point, we were trying to control and contain the fire,” said South Road VFD chief Bill Schafer.
Firemen on the scene noted that the house was empty of occupants and furniture, and no injuries or fatalities were reported.
The fire was reported by neighbors Mark and Harry Wolstenholme, who live across Delmont Church Road.
Mark Wolstenholme said that he was mowing his father’s lawn when he saw a blue vehicle, which he believed to be a Chevrolet Capri. “The driver said the house was on fire and to call 911, then left. I didn’t see any smoke then.”
The younger Wolstenholme did not know the driver of the car, but said he was a white male in his early 30’s.
His father Harry Wolstenholme did not know the current owner of the house, but said, “He bought the house about six months ago. The former owners were selling drugs and about to go to jail. They needed the money.”
The windows of the structure were barred on the outside, which a number of firemen at the scene commented as being “unusual.”
Harry Wolstenholme said that he had seen the property owner at the scene previously working on improvements, including installing a gravel driveway. “The electricity was turned on. I had seen some lights when I was out walking the dog.”
The Kentucky State Fire Marshal is conducting an ongoing investigation of the fire, and is unable to comment or release details as the investigation is ongoing.
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