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Woman found in burning home

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

Police are investigating the cause of a Sunday morning house fire after firefighters rescued a woman from the house.

Neighbors noticed smoke coming from a bi-level home in the 7300 block of Autumn Bent Way in Orchard Grass Hills subdivision about 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, witnesses told police they believed a 41-year-old woman and her daughter could still be inside.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke inside the house, and it took about 20 minutes to locate the woman.

Crews from Oldham County EMS transported the woman to University Hospital in Louisville. There is no word on the extent of her injuries.

Investigators said the woman was  the only person home at the time of the fire. The front door had been barricaded.

Worthington Battalion Chief Brennen Lawrence said crews saw few flames inside the house.  

Firefighters encountered heavy amounts of smoke and heat, he said, which indicates the fire had burned down.

Lawrence said crews heard smoke detectors sounding as they entered the house. 

The bulk of the damage from the fire is limited to the first floor, he said, but the home has severe smoke damage throughout.

Firefighters from Worthington, South Oldham and Pewee Valley fire departments gained control of the fire within nine minutes, Lawrence said. 

An arson investigator began examining the house about 10:30 a.m. An investigation into the cause of the fire is expected to take several days.

Lawrence said firefighters are happy to visit residents’ homes to check smoke detectors and help families create an escape plan. 

Educating the public about the caution of common electrical and cooking fire hazards is a function of the fire department, he said. 

 

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