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June 12, 2014

House on Fifth Street destroyed by fire

No one home during time of Wednesday blaze

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Fire raced through and ultimately destroyed a home early Wednesday morning — but thankfully, no one was home at the time of the blaze, Oak Grove Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Chief Kevin Gibbs said.

Gibbs explained his department got the call about the house fire just after 4:30 a.m. and responded to a residence at 2467 Fifth Street.

“Reports came in from the city,” Gibbs said. “But the house was fully engulfed before we could get on the scene.”

Arson investigator Brian Lewis came to investigate the cause and origin of the fire later Wednesday morning — Gibbs added that arson is not suspected in this fire.

The owners, John Hupp and his wife, Doris Hupp, were not home at the time — Gibbs said the couple has a residence in Mississippi, where they often stay for weeks at a time.

This was one of those times.

No one was injured in the blaze, but the home appears to be a total loss. Gibbs added that a vehicle inside the garage, as well as a recreational vehicle parked next to it, also burned in the fire.

Units came from Baldrock and Woodbine volunteer fire and rescue departments to assist at the scene with the fire and traffic control, Gibbs said.

The investigation into the fire’s cause continues.

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