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Homeowner rescued after Owensboro house fire

Published: Oct. 2, 2021 at 2:11 PM CDT
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DAVIESS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - At around 8:50 a.m. Masonville Fire Department was called to a house fire in the 5100 block of Old Hartford Road near Georgia Lane.

MFD says when they arrived the one-story home had heavy smoke conditions, and fire showing from inside of the home. Crews from the Daviess County Fire Department came and helped put out the fire.

Before MFD arrived Brad Leonard, an off-duty lieutenant with the Owensboro Fire Department, was nearby and noticed the smoke.

“We ended up kicking in the door,” Leonard said. “There was a lot of smoke coming out at that time, so I went into the living room low, found the homeowner and pulled him to the front yard.”

Leonard says he and his daughter were out for a walk when she pointed out the smoke coming from the house.

“We started getting garden hoses and put them in the windows,” Leonard said. “We were able to help control some of the fire before the volunteer and paid crews arrived.”

Leonard says he was only wearing a t-shirt and shorts but knew he had to act immediately.

“Firefighters generally have five to ten minutes to start putting a plan together in their head when they’re answering a call,” Leonard said. “That wasn’t something that was able to be done in this case.”

Leonard also said, “You’re thinking about how can you help this person. Of course, you’re trying to calculate the risk for yourself. You’re trying to take those calculated risks and do what you can as safely as you can. Especially when you’re hearing somebody ask for help.”

Officials say the homeowner, Murray Estes, was taken to the hospital to be treated.

Estes was released from the hospital Monday morning and tells us he is at home, resting and recovering.

The fire is currently under investigation.

Masonville, Ky. house fire
Masonville, Ky. house fire(Masonville Fire Department)
Masonville, Ky. house fire
Masonville, Ky. house fire(Masonville Fire Department)

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