House succumbs to second round of flames

Amelia Holliday Staff Reporter aholliday@civitasmedia.com

June 5, 2014

AIRPORT GARDENS—After suffering two fires in one day, a house in the Airport Gardens community of Perry County collapsed Wednesday night after the second fire, the cause of which is now under investigation.

Officials with the Hazard Fire Department (HFD) responded to a call at around 9:40 p.m. on Wednesday that the residence at 93 Summer St. was on fire again, Fire Chief Sam Stacy said.

Almost exactly 12 hours earlier, firefighters had been called to the scene of that same house for a smaller fire, Stacy said, that only damaged one room of the house. First responders had been able to extinguish that fire quickly that morning.

Stacy said the second fire on Wednesday consumed the entire house.

“The structure was a complete loss,” Stacy said, adding that the building collapsed within 30 minutes of the HFD arriving on the scene, which indicates just how intense the flames were.

Stacy said while rekindles of house fires are not uncommon, that due to the nature of this incident the case was turned over to arson investigators.

“We asked for an arson investigator to look into the cause, so we turned the investigation over to them,” Stacy said.

Stacy said no one was in the residence on either occasion, and no one was injured. No other structures were damaged during the incident.

Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.