1 treated after Chrisney-area house fire

From Local Sources

NEWTONVILLE — One person was treated for burns after a house fire just after midnight Friday morning east of Chrisney and 1 1/2 miles west of Newtonville.

The Chrisney Volunteer Fire Department took the lead when authorities were called at 12:39 a.m. CT to 7908 N. Old State Road 245. Chrisney Chief Kent Groves said dispatch also paged out the volunteer departments in Grandview, New Boston, Jackson and Ohio townships.

The house was owned by the Sisley family, Groves said. The single male occupant who lived at the single-story farmhouse was thought to have been trying to light a furnace pilot light when there was an explosion forceful enough to break windows.

The victim apparently raised his arm to protect himself and received burns on the arm and a leg, Groves said. He was transported by ambulance to an Owensboro hospital for treatment. Groves said the victim had been conscious and alert.

Heavy smoke was visible from windows on three sides of the home when units arrived, according to Groves.

Firefighters knocked down the fire and, although a hole was cut in the roof during the response, Groves said, the house could be repaired. A blackened, busted door frame is the main clue there was a fire at the house, the chief said.

The fire response included four Chrisney trucks and 12 firefighters, two Grandview trucks and six firefighters and one truck each from the New Boston, Jackson Township and Ohio Township departments.

Some units were cleared from the scene but firefighters remained at the location for almost three hours.

Spencer County Emergency Medical Services also assisted.

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