April 4, 2013

Easter fire destroys home

Two firemen overcome by heat, smoke

By Carol Mills
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Instead of searching for eggs on Easter Sunday, a Money Road family was searching for any belongings they could save after their home burned.

Rick and Pam Eversole, their two daughters, and their 5-week-old grandson made it out of the double wide safely around 3 a.m.

“One fireman was sent to the hospital and another one was given IVs,” Eversole said. “The one getting IVs is an arson investigator for the state. He just overdid it. I guess he just got too much smoke. One boy there was about 19. I’ve known him all my life. I told him to slow down. He overdid it and they put him in an ambulance and took him to the hospital. They’re all right now.”

“We were in bed asleep and my daughter got up to feed the baby,” Rick Eversole said. “She warmed up a bottle and fed the baby and she came back to bed about 1 or 1:30. Around 2:30, we heard something break. I thought she’d gotten back up and she’d dropped something. My wife got up and went into the living room and started screaming that the house was on fire. The noise we heard was the living room window busting out.”

He said he ran out with his pants on but no shirt or socks. He put on an old pair of boots that was on the porch. Later on, someone gave him a coat.

Eversole said a plugin shorted out in the wall and set the vinyl siding on fire. The fire went up the side of the house and got up on the roof. The fire departments were there from around 3 a.m. until 8:53 a.m.

“There’s a wall standing, but when you walk through the front door, there are no ceilings," Eversole said. "They’re just piled on everything we have.

 “People are wanting to help me, but some of them can hardly help themselves. I thought I had insurance, but I think it just pays what I owe."      

Eversole, who has been disabled since 2010, will be receiving some help from the local Red Cross.

Anyone wishing to help the Eversole family can call Rick Eversole’s mother, Maeola Eversole, at 843-7846.

Assisting Crossroad Volunteer Fire Department were East Bernstadt, Laurel County, and Swiss Colony volunteer fire departments. Also assisting was Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County.