Fires destroy two homes

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By Shannon Brock

Two Spencer County families are left without homes after each caught fire in separate incidents over the past week.


A two-story farm house located in the 3500 block of Overlook Road, near the intersection of Overlook and Bloomfield roads, caught fire early Tuesday morning.
The home, owned by Lynne Faulkner McIntosh, was being rented by Mr. and Mrs. Kerry McManus and their two children, ages 17 and 11.
The McManuses had been having breaker issues Monday night and decided to turn the breakers off and stay with family until they could call their landlord or an electrician Tuesday morning, said Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Chief Nathan Nation.
“That decision more than likely saved their lives,” Nation said.
Just after 5 a.m., the fire department was called out to a fully-involved structure fire, Nation said.
The fire was reported by a passerby.
Based on the information provided from the family about the breaker issues, Nation said preliminarily, his thoughts are that the fire is electrical in nature.
Nation said the contents of the home and the structure itself are a total loss.
The American Red Cross is providing initial assistance to the family, who did have renters insurance, Nation said.
A Mount Eden family also suffered a total loss of their home due a structure fire last Wednesday.
The Mount Eden and Taylorsville-Spencer County fire departments responded to 521 Cooper Lane to find the three-story home fully engulfed, said Mount Eden Fire Chief Doug Herndon.
Fireman Andrew Ware was the first on the scene and caught photos of the home with flames shooting out the front and back before fire engines arrived.
Cooper Lane is located near the Anderson County line, about 15 miles, or a 20-minute drive, outside of Taylorsville.
Bob Cooper is the homeowner, Herndon said.
No one was injured in the fire, he said.
This is the second fire deemed a total loss within a week in Mount Eden.
On Jan. 10, a vacant building on Van Buren Road was consumed by flames. Because the building was vacant and had no electricity, investigators believe that fire was set.
Anyone with information regarding the Van Buren Road fire is asked to call the Kentucky Arson Hotline at 1-800-27-ARSON. The Kentucky State Arson Task Force is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the arsonist. Callers may remain anonymous.
KSP Post 12 Public Affairs Officer Ronald Turley said late Tuesday afternoon that the Cooper Lane fire appears to be accidental, but the investigation into the Van Buren Road fire continues.
While responding to the Overlook Road fire on Tuesday morning, Nation said his department was called out to a fire in the 100 block of Wagon Trail.
A woman was walking her child to the bus stop and a car was burning next to their house.
The fire department responded and extinguished the fire.


The video below is provided by the Mount Eden Fire Department.