Firefighters called out twice early Thursday

Jack Latta jlatta@civitasmedia.com

September 20, 2013

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg Fire Department was called out early and often, Thursday morning, as reports of smoke in a home and a car on fire sent sirens blaring.

Firefighters were called out to home on Graham Street, in downtown Prestonsburg, shortly after 10 a.m., after a resident reported smoke in her home. Fire officials linked the cause of the smoke to a bad motor in the air conditioning unit which had locked up. But before those called out could return to the stations, another call came in of a car fire in the Cliff area.

Firefighters responded once again to the Big Sandy Area Development District office, where they found a white Dodge Durango with flames shooting out of the interior of the vehicle. The flames were quickly put out and firefighters continued to work on their investigation.

The owner of the vehicle reported hearing the car’s alarm go off, and when she went to inspect it, noticed the flames engulfing the cab of the vehicle. She says she raced inside and called 911.

No reports were present as of press time as to how the car fire started. The investigation is ongoing.