A rural Bowling Green home was badly damaged by a fire on Friday morning.
Firefighters from four fire departments were called to 12709 Pike 128 shortly after 9:40 a.m. for a fire that had fully engulfed the one-story home of William and Millie Powell, who were both not at home at the time of the fire.
According to several neighbors who were at the scene, they saw smoke over the treeline and began to smell smoke around 9:30 a.m. This smell was followed by four or five loud explosion-like sounds, according to one neighbor.
When Bowling Green Rural Fire Department Chief Adam Mitalovich and Assistant Fire Chief Don Nacke arrived at the scene, they found flames visible from the roadway.
Other emergency responders reported seeing black smoke from Airport Road in Bowling Green.
“When we came up the hill, we had heavy fire coming from everywhere,” Mitalovich said in an interview with the Bowling Green Times. “Most of the exterior walls were already completely burnt out. We had a structural collapse with the roof.”
By 11:45 a.m., the fire had been contained to the structure. Though in their earliest moments of battling the blaze, fire fighters reported that the fire attempted to burn its way into a nearby grove of trees and potentially a pasture.
Mitalovich said that the fire’s close proximity to pasture and wooded areas was a concern for the fire department.
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