A fire at a mobile home Friday morning in Rineyville killed two people.
David Walters, Rineyville Fire Department fire chief, said they were dispatched at 5:30 a.m. Friday to the fire when a neighbor called in.
Walters said the fire was going out the end of the trailer from the middle, with smoke coming out of the back bedroom windows.
He said they were told that an elderly male was in inside, and they began aggressively working to get the fire out while crew tried to get inside. He said the search was dangerous because the roof started collapsing.
A family member arrived on the scene and confirmed there were two elderly people in the home, William Lobb Sr. and Jeanette Jewell. They were able to get a better layout of the home, and they were able to get in to find both dead in the bedroom.
Walters said there were a few different departments and several firefighters on the scene including Vine Grove Fire Department.
The state fire marshal’s office was contacted for the investigation of the fire because it resulted in deaths, Walters said.
He said when the department arrived, there seemed to be no evidence of smoke detectors. There also were several animals in the house in crates, which he said might have contributed to them not being able to get out. The animals also died.
Because of the significant amount of damage, he said they were unable to determine how the fire started.
Walters said October is Fire Prevention Month. He said he can’t express how important it is to have working smoke detectors. If community members can’t afford them, they can reach out to the Red Cross or local fire departments. He also said home owners need to pay attention to and clean their air conditioners during colder months.