On Thursday, Jan. 23 the Auburn Fire Department responded to a fire on Duncans Chapel Road of a two story home belonging to the Bailey family. The fire department was dispatched at 9:47 a.m. According to Auburn fire chief Jim Kutzman, Auburn’s first fire truck was on scene at 9:55 a.m. with their second truck arriving at 9:59 a.m. and another by 10 a.m.
“Due to the high winds blowing into the house it made containing the fire difficult,” said Kutzman.
Eleven fireman from Auburn and four from the Russellville Rural department fought to save the house, but they lost the battle due to the extremely cold temperatures.
“Several people came to help the family and the firemen,” said Kutzman. “LaDonna Hightower and other neighbors brought blankets, shoes and food to the family. Two of Logan County’s Fire Chaplain’s, Brother Rusty Thomaston from New Life Baptist Church, Brother Steve Timberlake and Brother William Washington brought coffee, drinks and food to the firemen.”
Most of the community remembers just last September the Bailey family almost lost three of their four children in a terrible car accident. One of their sons, Luke, who was driving the car had to undergo brain surgery.
“Luke has been a good friend of my daughter’s for years and has been to our house many times,” said Kutzman. “He’s been trying to get his life back on track since the accident and I hate to see him having to go through this.”
Due to complications with the homeowners insurance, which wasn’t active, they are going to have to start all over. The loss of their home comes at such a fragile time and they need the help of our community. A donation fund has been set-up for the family. If you would like to make a donation you can do so at Auburn Bank to the Bailey Family Fire Fund. P.O. Box 96 Auburn, Ky. 42206.
“The Auburn fireman would like to thank Russellville Rural Fire Department for their assistance at the fire. They would also like to thank everyone that came and volunteered by bringing food, coffee and helping with the family,” said Kutzman.