A family dog was killed, but no people were injured when fire raced through an apartment building near Isom early Monday.
The fire also burned utility lines that ran across the parking lot of the building. A spokesman for AT&T said telephone service was restored to customers in the area on Monday, but residents were still reporting spotty service on Tuesday. Kentucky Power Co. said none of its service other than to the apartment building itself was affected.
Fire Chief Gary Rogers said Letcher Volunteer Fire Department was paged to the fire about 2:57 a.m. Monday, and called for assistance from the Sandlick, Whitesburg and Mayking departments. Despite the efforts of four departments, the building was a total loss.
A resident in apartment No. 2 of the four-apartment building told authorities the fire started in the stove in that apartment. Another resident reported being awakened by something that sounded like a small explosion. Rogers said the owner has requested an arson investigation, but with the extent of damage a cause will be difficult to find. On Monday, the only thing remaining of the twostory building was part of the concrete block first floor. Some of those walls were also collapsed.