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Wednesday Night Fire Ravages Rural Pike County Home

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 2:17 pm

A member of the Bowling Green Rural Fire Department walks around the perimeter of a fire that destroyed a rural Bowling Green home on Wednesday evening. (Ethan Colbert/Bowling Green Times Photo)


By Ethan Colbert


A Pike County family was left homeless after a fire destroyed their rural Pike County home on Wednesday evening.

According to Bowling Green Rural Fire Department Chief Adam Mitalovich, the home was located on a stretch of old Hwy. 61, which is now referred to as the West Outer Road. The fire was discovered by the homeowner, who returned home around 10 o’clock last night and found the fire.

“The homeowner said he could see flames coming from his house,” Mitalovich said in a telephone interview with the Bowling Green Times. Mitalovich described the blaze as “heavy fire.”

Mitalovich said the fire department was on scene around 10:26.

Around that same time, motorists along Hwy. 61 reported seeing flames as far away as the northern overpass in Bowling Green and at Peno Creek Hill near Frankford.

In his interview, Mitalovich said the location of the home caused his department several complications.

“We were very limited for space up by the home,” Mitalovich said. The two-story home was enclosed in a grove of trees atop of a hill along the banks of Peno Creek.

“So our trucks had to be parked far enough away that the fire was not going to cause any damage to them, but we were also very close to the fire because we didn’t have a lot of room.”

He later added that despite the fire department’s best efforts, the home was “a total loss.”

“This was a big fire that unfortunately had a head start on us,” Mitalovich said. “It clearly had been burning for a while before we were even dispatched.”

Assisting the rural fire department were members of the Buffalo Township Fire Protection District. An ambulance crew with Pike County Memorial Hospital were also called to the scene as a precautionary measure, according to Mitalovich.

“Despite the temperatures being cooler, the fire was still pretty hot for the guys,” Mitalovich said. The rural fire department chief said that he and other members of the fire department cycled through, allowing members of the fire department to rehydrate and attempt to cool off.

According to Mitalovich, the fire was extinguished around 1:46 a.m.

A brief investigation was conducted after the fire to try and determine a cause or where the fire started, according to Mitalovich.

Mitalovich said the fire has been classified as “undetermined.”

“It was a complete loss and the entire structure was destroyed,” Mitalovich said.

Taken from the bottom of a hill, a fire burns through all that remains of the home that set atop of the hill. (Ethan Colbert/Bowling Green Times Photo)

Those interested in providing emergency assistance to the homeowners are encouraged to make their donations at Greg’s Glass, located at 18605 Hwy NN in rural Bowling Green.

At this time monetary donations are encouraged as the family has no place to store furniture, clothing or food.

The family has prepared the following sizes for those interested in providing clothing to the family, which includes several children.

Adult male: 36-inch waist or 38-inch waist pants, large shirts, and size 12w shoes.

Adult male: 40×30 blue jeans, flex fit and 3XL shirts.

Adult female: XL shirts, jeans are size 13 waist and 33 in length or XL in stretchy pants.

Teen girl: 14 or 16 size pants and size 5 in shoes.

Teen girl: 14 or 16 size pants and size 5 in shoes.

Teen girl: 10 or 12 size pants and size 5 in shoes.

Young boy: 4T and size 9 in kids shoes.

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