STURGIS, KY (WFIE) - An early morning fire destroyed four houses in Sturgis, Kentucky.
It started around 2:00 a.m. in the area of 10th and Washington.
According to Sturgis dispatch, the fire started in one abandoned house but quickly spread to homes on either side. The wind then spread the fire to a home across the street.
When firefighters arrived on scene, all four homes were mostly gone so they had to focus on the fire not spreading to other homes.
Firefighters tell 14 News that only one of the houses was occupied.
That home had three people inside. They all got out safely.
Crews from about eight fire departments were brought in to battle the flames but the high winds made fighting them difficult.
Neighbors sat on their front porches watching as crews put out the last hot spots.
Thankful that, other than some heat damage, their homes were intact.
"If we had the old shingle roof it would have caught on fire," Neighbor Ronald Hogge said. "But we had a new shingle roof put on last year."
"Those ciders were coming over my roof," Thomas White added. "If it wasn't for the firemen and the good lord, my house probably would have been next."
Assistant Fire Chief Mike Russelburg told our reporter that containing the spread of the fire was their first priority when they arrived.
"It's better to save a house that's not burned than one that's already on the ground," he said.
Russelburg is calling the fire suspicious but the cause remains under investigation.
©2010 WFIE. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
1115 Mt. Auburn Road
Public File Contact: