P’burg home destroyed in house fire


Firefighters worked for several hours Wednesday morning to secure a house fire along South Highland Avenue.

PRESTONSBURG – A family of three lost their home in Prestonsburg to fire in the early morning hours Wednesday.

According to Prestonsburg Fire Department Chief Bobby Carpenter , neighbors called at approximately 2:45 a.m. Wednesday morning to report that Virgil Dodgerer’s home along South Highland Avenue was on fire.

“Neighbors told us his house was on fire and that because their car was parked out behind the house, they were pretty sure that he and his wife, along with his brother, who was living with them, were inside the home,” Carpenter said.

Firefighters worked from about 3 a.m. until leaving the scene at 8 a.m. both extinguishing the fire and searching the burning structure for signs of the family of three.

“We were told that Mr. Dodgerer is disabled and that it wasn’t uncommon for him to not be outside the home,” added Carpenter.

It took nearly three hours for Carpenter and his team to bring the flames under control enough to search the home, at which time they discovered no one in the house.

“There were no injuries or fatalities resulting from the fire because the family is currently in Tennessee,” Carpenter said Wednesday. “We were told, also, that it’s not uncommon for the family to stay in Tennessee for extended periods of time during the hotter months of the year.”

The home, located just past the junction of South Highland Avenue and Deep Street, was shelled out from the fire. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

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