Mom and daughter escape house fire


Reporter - Elizabeth Fields
Photojournalist - Mike Spissinger
Photojournalist - Mason Watkins
Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. - A local mother and daughter made it out of a home in time to escape from a fire.

Firefighters were called to a home off of State Route 1241 in Graves County, Kentucky Wednesday afternoon.No one was injured.

The Melber Assistant Fire Chief, Jason Baldwin, said he believes the fire started near the kitchen, but spread to the attic causing significant damage.

He added that the heat and limited resources made fighting the fire more difficult. He said that Melber is only one department suffering from a decline in volunteers. The National Volunteer Fire Council's most recent numbers show a 59,000 person decrease from 2008-2010. The most common reasons for recruits to drop out are time demands and training requirements. 

"We're competing against family, we're competing against jobs and so most of the time volunteer fire departments lose out on man power and resources," Baldwin said.

Baldwin said as a result smaller departments are teaming up to answer calls to increase man-power.