Fire claims Pleasureville residence

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By Erin Melwing

News Intern

Little Man means so much to Charles Jennings, that he went against the advice of friends from the Pleasureville Fire Department to save him.

Jennings rescued the treasured family member last week as the family’s home was engulfed by flames.

“Little Man has been a part of our family for a long time,” Jennings said. “He means more to me than the house.”

Knowing that Little Man was home alone and always laid on the area rug in the living room, Jennings got on his stomach upon entering his smoke-filled house and felt for the rug in the living room after hollering for Little Man was unsuccessful. He pulled the rug towards the door and sure enough, Little Man and his ‘girlfriend’ were aboard.

Little Man actually is a mini-pomeranian and his girlfriend is a Pokmon Pikachu slipper. They are inseparable, according to Michael Jennings, resident and son of Charles and Deborah Jennings, said.

PFD received the first call about the fire at 7350 Castle Highway in Pleasureville at approximately 8:34 a.m. on May 27.

Crews finally cleared the fire around 3:28 p.m. and declared the Jennings’ home a total loss. The fire started in the back corner of the basement around the electrical box in the laundry room, but the exact cause of the fire has yet to be determined and is currently under investigation, Jennings said.

“It was a county-wide effort,” Denny Washburn, PFD volunteer firefighter, said.

Crews at the scene included firefighters from various departments including Pleasureville, New Castle, Bagdad, Campbellsburg, Lake Jericho, Kentucky River, Eminence and many firefighters came over in personally owned vehicles to help out, according to Washburn. The Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Henry County EMS and Shelby County Red Cross were also on the scene to handle traffic control and rehab.

“There’s a lot of good people in this county,” Charles Jennings said. “I just want to say thank you. Thank you for everything.”

To donate or to help out, call the PFD at 878-4981 and leave a message.

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