Fayette County

Fire damages house; crews keep flames from jumping to second house

A fire on Gibson Avenue heavily damaged a house. A neighboring house had minor damage, a fire official said.
A fire on Gibson Avenue heavily damaged a house. A neighboring house had minor damage, a fire official said. mcornelison@herald-leader.com

A house on Gibson Avenue was heavily damaged in a fire Wednesday, but firefighters were able to stop the blaze from spreading to a second house.

One person was in the house at the time but was able to get out safely and was treated for minor injuries.

The house next to the fire had melted siding, but didn’t appear to have any major damage, Bartley said..

“Our guys did a great job. They got there quickly, they put it out, they kept it from spreading to the second house ... and saved what they could in this one,” Bartley said.

Marcia Hughes was in her house when her mother-in-law alerted her to the fire two doors down.

“We saw really black smoke coming out of the attic window, and in less than five minutes, it was black and just pouring out of every opening,” Hughes said. “The fireplace, the windows, it looked like it was coming out of the eaves. It got really hot and really ugly really fast.”

Investigators are working to determine the cause, Bartley said.

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