Fire destroys Louisville home
Friday, December 29, 2017 - 4:58pm
In a few short hours, a man has lost his home and everything in it. Horace Batts and his dog Graham sat in a neighbor’s yard Friday, Dec. 22, and watched as firefighters worked to stop the fire that consumed not only their house but destroyed Batts’ car.
Unfortunately, although firefighters from several fire stations battled the fire for hours, nothing salvageable was left.
“From what the homeowner said, we think it’s electrical,” Louisville Fire Chief Chester Johnson said about what started the fire.
Batts said he was in the house when the fire started; and, his dog was out in the shed.
“I told my son to go get him,” Batts said. Looking forward, he said, “I’m stranded. I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Louisville Fire Chief Chester Johnson said LFD personnel were first on the scene followed by Hillcrest and Bartow fire departments. Hillcrest provided water and manpower. Bartow provided water. There were 13 firefighters from Louisville, eight from Hillcrest and five from Bartow on the scene, Johnson said.
The chief said he could not state a value on the loss of the home; but, he did say it was a complete loss.
Johnson said Batts is currently living with family members.
“I have not spoken with any of the family or Mr. Batts since the incident; however, I believe he is, and will be OK. He has a large number of sons, daughters and grandchildren to provide support for his wellbeing,” Johnson said.
The alarm was at 1:02 p.m.; and, LFD was on its way at 1:03 p.m.
The chief’s report states arrival was at 1:08 p.m.; the fire was controlled at 1:35 p.m.; and, the scene was cleared at 3:11 p.m.
The report further states, “Upon arrival (the) home was fully involved with flame covering majority of home. Fire attack as a defense. Van was damaged, pick-up also.”
There were no casualties from either fire service or civilians.