Early morning fire destroys Thornton home


GRAFTON— At approximately 2:30 a.m., on Wednesday, crews were called to the scene of a working structure fire on Thorton Pike, near Eby Road.

According to Grafton Fire Chief Dave Crimm, it was a passerby that had alerted 911, saying he could see flames coming from the windows of a home.

Crimm shared that crews were able to contain the blaze in only an hour. However, the fire had spread quickly consuming the home and making it a total loss.

“Luckily no one was home at the time of the fire. The house was actually used at a weekend home for the owners, who live out of town,” explained Crimm.

Engine 102, Tanker 1, Unit 106 and Chief 1, of the Grafton Fire Department responded along with, Tanker 30, from Flemington, as well as, Tanker 4 and Engine 5, from Fellowsville. Boothsville Fire Department responded with Engine 154 and Attack 15, to cover the Company 1 station during the incident.

In addition, The Taylor County Emergency Medical Squad and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department also responded.

Crimm reported that on Thursday evening, smoke was seen coming from the structure, where the fire from the previous day had rekindled. He shared that the cause of the rekindling fire may have been the metal roof of the home, which made it hard for crews to get water to parts of the fire.

On Friday morning, another call, at the same location, was received at approximately 7:34 a.m. The Grafton Fire Department arrived on scene to find that the structure had collapsed on itself, eliminating the possibility for the blaze to regenerate again.

“Because the structure fell in on itself, it will more that likely smother out any addition flare-ups that might have occurred,” explained Crimm.


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