Lawrenceburg Now

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Firefighters Battle Two House Fires Overnight Friday

   One house was lost to fire overnight Friday, a second sustained extensive damages. The local fire investigator is now working to determine whether either or both may have resulted from passing storms.

   Units with the Lawrenceburg Fire Department first received the call out to 1605 Frances Street around 8:30 p.m. Although the home, owned by Barry Martin, was not deemed a total loss, fire officials reported it was severely damaged.

Firefighters reported that residents were concerned for the welfare of ten puppies at the home. Although they were unable to save all the pups, officials said six were brought to safety.

   Immediately afterwards, Fire Investigator Shayne Adams said, the department responded to a second fire, this one at the 1192 Austin Circle residence of Carl Rawdon.

   Adams said that by the time they arrived on the scene, the home was already heavily involved, with fire in the rear of the home spreading to the attic area.

   Although firefighters remained on scene for more than eight hours, they were ultimately unable to salvage the structure. The house and contents were said to be a total loss. No one was home at the time the fire ignited.

   Adams indicated he recalled units to the scene around 10:00 a.m. Saturday. While conducting a scene examination Adams discovered a few hot spots remained. Firefighters quickly took care of those spots, preventing the fire from rekindling.

   Adams said it is unclear whether storms passing through the area were responsible for the fires. Investigation into the sources of both fires is currently on-going.

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