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3 fire departments respond to condemned house fire in Scott County

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Posted at 12:31 PM, Jul 08, 2024

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — A jam-packed condemned house, the dry summer heat, and the lack of fire hydrants were a bad recipe for a Lisle Road property in Georgetown going up in flames earlier today.

“We have two big problems we have been fighting which is the heat, and the water supply,” said Scott County Fire Chief John Ward.

Three fire departments aided in bringing the plumes of black smoke to a halt.

“Georgetown’s assistance, Lexington’s assistance, (us) working together is why we were able to accomplish what we accomplished,” Ward added.

According to officials, the home was packed with items and furniture that fueled the fire, which started on the front porch and spread throughout the home.

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All three departments were on scene for the majority of the day despite “feel like” temperatures over 90 degrees and additional heat from the fire.

What made matters even worse is that this part of Scott County does not have fire hydrants.

Officials say crews battled heat exhaustion and had to shuttle water to the property.

“There is actually no water supply in this area, so we are having to use trucks to shuttle water,” Ward said.

Scott County Fire Department is still looking into the incident to determine a cause. No one was injured.