Boyle County fire chief taken to hospital after house fire

BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- According to the Advocate Messenger, a home on Bonta Lane was destroyed by fire Wednesday afternoon. The house’s two residents weren’t injured, but the Boyle County Fire Chief had to be taken to the hospital after battling the blaze.

The newspaper says that before the fire was completely under control, BCFD Chief Donnie Sexton was taken to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center to be checked out for heat exhaustion and or inhaling too much smoke, said Mike Wilder, director of Boyle County Emergency Management. Sexton is expected to be OK, according to Wilder.

A man working in a yard across the street said he reported the fire at 2:11 p.m. after he heard people yelling and saw the smoke and flames. Henry and Regina Walker were inside the home when the fire broke out, but they got out safely and watched the scene from a neighbor’s home across the street, according to Wilder.

The family told Wilder that they had lost everything, so he was contacting the Red Cross for its assistance in finding a place for the couple to stay Wednesday night and any other immediate help they needed.

BCFD Assistant Chief Tony Broyles said they were working a combination attack on the interior and exterior of the house with Rapid Intervention Teams.

He said they would probably be working at the scene until dark Wednesday night, making sure flare-ups didn’t occur.

Information and picture attributed to The Advocate Messenger



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