TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

October 22, 2013

Corbin house fire began in home office


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By Becky Killian, Editor

A fire that damaged a home along Black Diamond Road Sunday began in a home office, according to Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Chief Kevin Gibbs.

Firefighters from Oak Grove were sent about 7:20 p.m. to the fire at a one-and-a-half story home at 677 Black Diamond Road. Once at the home, they found a home office fully engulfed in flames and the fire had spread to the roof.

It took about 40 minutes to get the fire under control. Gibbs said the fire fight was challenging due to the height of the home. It wasn’t possible to get a ladder truck close to the home, so firefighters had to use 30 foot ground ladders.

Woodbine Fire and Rescue assisted and Whitley County EMS was on scene. A total of 22 firefighters fought the blaze.

Gibbs said two firefighters suffered ankle sprains and were treated on scene.

Firefighters remained at the home for about three hours. The house wasn’t a total loss but Gibbs said it is currently uninhabitable.

The cause of the fire isn’t known and is currently under investigation by the insurance company. Gibbs said the fire is not considered suspicious.