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Firefighters were alerted to a blaze around 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning and arrived to find a home nearly consumed with fire.
Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Chief Nathan Nation said that he believes the fire started in the south end of the home, but that the cause is still under investigation.
Homeowner Joann Chesser, of 59 Greens Lane, was not at home at the time of the fire. Neighbors at the scene reported that Chesser frequently spends weekends with her son in Louisville.
Chesser’s pets, a dog and a cat, were believed to have perished in the fire, said Nation.
Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy fire and smoke conditions as flames consumed the entire first floor and attic of the home. As they continued working to extinguish the blaze, firefighters endured frigid temperatures, wind and light snow. Nation said crews were on the scene for another three hours making sure no embers remained.
The Kentucky State Fire Marshal’s office was notified and will be conducting an investigation. Nation said it is department policy to call for a formal investigation anytime there is significant damage to a structure, or that the damage could reach substantial dollar amounts. In this situation, Chesser’s home was considered a “total loss,” said Nation.
Chesser is reportedly staying with family.