Two houses were destroyed, and a third house and a vacant restaurant building were heavily damaged in a three-alarm fire early Wednesday morning on Main Street in the tiny Harrison County community of Berry.
Three fire departments — Berry, Cynthiana and Harrison County — responded to the fire, which was reported at 4:30 a.m. There were no injuries.
Berry Fire Chief Orla Whitaker said the fire might have been caused by faulty electrical wiring. Fire officials were still investigating Wednesday.
A family lived in the house where the fire started. "The people were lucky to get out. Somebody happened to see it and knocked on the door," Whitaker said.
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The State Fire Marshal's office was called to investigate, Deputy Fire Marshal Mike Haney said.
It was the second major fire in Berry, a community with about 500 in northern Harrison County, near the Pendleton County line.
In December, four people were killed in an early-morning fire on North First Street. Charlie Tucker, 31, his cousin Nikki Pike, 27, and two of her children, Cameron, 6, and Nicholas, 3, died in a house fire.
The cause of that fire was probably a faulty kerosene heater in one of the downstairs bedrooms.