By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Desperate times for a Laurel couple were further compounded when their mobile home was destroyed by fire early Thursday morning.
Swiss Colony Volunteer Fire Department members responded to the scene on Lake Road, a quarter mile off Ky. 1956 just before 9 a.m., after flames were seen coming from the mobile home.
The residents, known only as Bill and Sharon, were not at home at the time, but a neighbor said the man came to the scene and had a panic attack.
“He was at work but came home and thought she (Sharon) was inside,” the neighbor said. “She had gone somewhere and he didn’t know it.”
However, no one was home at the time of the fire.
The man was taken to the hospital for treatment following the attack, according to the neighbor.
Meanwhile, firefighters tackled the blaze that burned through the roof of the mobile home.
Ed Wilkerson, a long-time member of the Swiss Colony Volunteer Fire Department, said the situation was complicated because the residence had a double roof. Firefighters climbed atop the home, working swiftly to pull the tin back and spray water to douse the flames.
The neighbor said the couple has a four-year-old son and were struggling to survive in a time of high prices and cost of living.
“They’ve been having a hard time lately, just trying to get by,” the neighbor added. “He (Bill) was worried about what they’re going to do now. It’s going to be hard for them to come back from this.”