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Family of five escapes as old house burns

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A raging house fire on the eve of Thanksgiving left a family homeless for the holiday, but they were fortunate to escape without physical injury.

Assistant Chief Neal Pyle of Nelson County Fire and Rescue said the family was at home but didn’t know the house they were renting was on fire until neighbors saw the fire and went and knocked on their door.

There were two adults and three children in the home at the time.

Dispatch received the first call at 9:31 p.m. Wednesday about the fire at 200 Stinson Drive, which is off Greenfield Way northeast of the Bardstown-Nelson County Airport on Boston Road.

When firefighters arrived, Pyle said, the two-story house was in flames with the heaviest damage being in its rear addition, where it appears the fire started.

Pyle said firefighters don’t yet know what caused the blaze.

They were on the scene until 3:40 a.m. Thursday.

“It was a difficult fire,” Pyle said.

Because it was an old house, it was harder to access the fire, he said.

Bardstown Fire, Boston’s volunteer fire department, Nelson County EMS and Nelson County sheriff’s deputies were on the scene as well as Nelson County Fire, but no one was treated or transported by ambulance, Pyle said.

The Red Cross also showed up to help the family find temporary shelter.

“The house was a total loss,” he said.

The home was built in 1840 and was about 2,600 square feet in size, Pyle said.