Commonwealth Journal

Local News

February 1, 2013

Two people are injured in South Central Avenue blaze

Somerset —  

A Friday morning blaze in downtown Somerset resulted in two people being taken to the hospital for treatment — and one building that will eventually be coming down.
The Somerset Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at an apartment complex located at 143 South Central Avenue at 8:22 a.m. 
Acting SFD Chief Junior Fortenberry said that the fire started in a first-floor apartment, one of four, and were “rolling up to the second floor.” 
All of the units suffered some damage and the building has been condemned, according to Fortenberry.
 Two people who lived in the apartment where the fire started — Brian Epperson and Jessica Burton — were transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, said the fire chief, one with first-degree burns and the other for possible smoke inhalation. Both have since been released from the hospital, said Fortenberry.
As many as 24 firefighters arrived on the scene, with off-duty firefighters being called in to help battle the blaze. Firefighters entered the structure to extinguish the fire, using two hand lines — a fire hydrant happened to be right next to the structure, making for a convenient reach — and made an initial attack through the front, then came through the back to help keep the fire from spreading.
The winter weather conditions in town made things tricky, and the threat of firefighters slipping on an icy ground meant SFD called in the city’s street department to salt the road. One water line also froze up, but, said Fortenberry, “we always have a back-up.”
Firefighters were on the scene until around 10:30 a.m., and investigators remained until about noon.
A cause for the fire has not yet been determined, though Fortenberry noted that it was “possibly electrical,” and that the resident of the apartment mentioned an electric space heater as a potential factor. The fire did appear to start in the living room, said the fire chief.

Text Only
Local News
News Live
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks