Garrard couple escape fire but home destroyed

January 20, 2004

CAMP DICK - A predawn fire destroyed a home today and left a couple with nothing but the clothes on their backs, a fire official said.

Capt. Tevis Graham of Camp Dick Fire and Rescue said the wood-frame home of Luther and Minnie Lawson at 2038 Kennedy Bridge Road was completely destroyed by the blaze.

"There ain't nothing left of it," he said. "It was pretty much gone when (firefighters) got there."

Graham said the Lawsons discovered the fire after they awoke to the sound of glass breaking. "They was lucky to get out," he said.

Sharon Graham, who is also a Camp Dick firefighter, said, "They got out with their nightclothes, that was it."

The fire was reported at 2:44 a.m, Tevis Graham said. By the time fire crews arrived 12 minutes later, the home was engulfed in flames, and part of the roof had collapsed.


"We didn't go in it," he said. "It was too far gone to fight from the inside."

Fire crews from the Garrard County District 1 and Buckeye stations also responded. The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but Tevis Graham said Minnie Lawson suspected a heat lamp.

"She stated something about a heat lamp to keep a water line from freezing," he said. "She thought that might've started it."

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