Radcliff woman loses home, pet in fire

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No one injured in blaze

By Marty Finley

A woman lost her home and a beloved pet in a Thursday night fire at Golden Rainbow Mobile Home Park off Hill Street in Radcliff.

The home, which belonged to Marcia Bartlett, suffered severe interior damage as a result of the flames, which authorities said started from inside the home within the heating and cooling unit.

Radcliff Fire Chief Jamie Henderson said the fire occurred at Lot 1 of the mobile home around 10 Thursday night and took close to two hours to extinguish, destroying most of the woman’s belongings.

“(It was) more so a total loss,” he said.

Henderson said no one was injured in the blaze, but Bartlett’s cat was killed in the fire.

Bartlett was home when the fire started and attempted to extinguish the flames herself before exiting the trailer once she realized the fire was out of control, Henderson said.

The fire department does not know exactly why the blaze started, but Henderson does not suspect criminal activity was involved.

“”There’s nothing that shows foul play,” he said.

The American Red Cross is providing support for Bartlett, said volunteer Bobby Thompson. He said she was taking the loss hard.

“She was so distraught last night that we could not talk to her,” Thompson said Friday.

In conversations with Bartlett, the Red Cross found she was home alone when the fire occurred. Her husband is active duty military and currently deployed to Afghanistan.

Kay Brown, a case worker with the American Red Cross, said Bartlett’s husband was contacted and given the news. The Red Cross also provided Bartlett with money to purchase clothes, food and shoes, and she was equipped with a “comfort kit” of toiletries and other essentials, Brown said.

He also was drafting referral letters for Bartlett to other organizations that may be able to help her.

The loss was the latest in a rash of mobile home fires in the past week in Radcliff. Two mobile homes were destroyed and another was damaged at Parkside Manor Mobile Home Park last weekend. The unusual nature of the fires spurred an investigation and Henderson has said arson is suspected.  

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.