An Eminence woman lost her home last week as a fire ravaged her house.
Eminence Police Department Chief Carey Duncan arrived first on the scene at the house fire at 4766 Jackson Road in Eminence last week. About 40 seconds later, EPD Major Kevin Kemper arrived on the scene as well.
“I thought everyone got there and did a good job,” Duncan said. “They did what they could.”
The fire began on July 2 around 9:35 a.m. and crews cleared the fire around 11:50 a.m. and declared it a total loss, according to Duncan. There is extensive fire damage in the front two rooms and the rest of the house suffered extensive heat damage as well, according to Danny Stivers, Kentucky State Police Arson Investigator.
Debbie Hedges, the owner of the house, was not at home during the time of the fire. Hedges, a photographer and owner of Debbie’s Photos, had an appointment in La Grange and was out running errands.
Crews at the scene included New Castle Fire Department, Eminence Fire Department, Pleasureville Fire Department, Eminence Police Department, Henry County EMS and KSP Arson Investigator Stivers.
“The fire was electrical in nature,” Stivers said.
The fire started in a front room of the house that was used by Hedges as an office for her business. According to Stivers, none of the electrical outlets in the office were working and Hedges had run an extension cord into the room to power her computer and all other electronic devices as well. Stivers believes that this led to the fire.
Hedges is currently renting a house from family members.
Monetary donations will be collected at all PBI Bank branches in the name of the “Debbie Hedges House Fund.” Other donations can be made through Paula Chism and Eminence United Pentecostal Church. Chism can be reached at 845-0706.
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