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Home destroyed in Monday blaze

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No foul play suspected

By Sarah Bennett

A woman’s manufactured home was destroyed late Monday night in a blaze on Teresa Road just outside of Elizabethtown.

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Central Hardin Fire Chief Everett Roberts said firefighters responded at 9:59 p.m. to the 140 block of Teresa Road near the city limits of Elizabethtown and Radcliff.

Upon arrival, Roberts said it was an “obvious working fire” with visible flames and smoke emitting from the roof as well as underneath the residence.

The homeowner, Flo Evans, and her grandson, who also lived at the residence, were not present at the time but arrived later that night before firefighters left the scene, Roberts said.

While a crew began attacking the fire from the exterior, Roberts said another group fought flames inside.

Because of the lack of water supply in that area, he said firefighters withdrew after the initial entry before re-entering when another water tanker arrived.

According to Roberts, flames were extinguished by 11:48 p.m., but firefighters remained on scene until after 3 a.m. Roberts said Evans’ home is destroyed.

“The shell of the trailer suffered significant fire and smoke damage,” he said.

Bobby Thompson with the American Red Cross said volunteers were on the scene Monday night providing canteen service to firefighters and assisting the homeowner.

Evans ultimately found shelter with family members, Thompson said, but the Red Cross did provide her with money for clothes and food.

Asked how the fire started, Roberts said the fire department has not determined a cause. However, he said the blaze originated in the rear portion of the home near the master bedroom and utility area.

No foul play is suspected, he said, and no investigation is under way.

Seven trucks and 19 firefighters responded from Central Hardin Fire Department as well as two firefighters and a water tanker from Rineyville Fire Department.

They were assisted on scene by Hardin County EMS, Roberts said, but no injuries were reported.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com