JOHNSON FORK – A Johnson Fork home was destroyed by fire on Saturday.
Bloomington Fire Chief Allison Howard told the Independent they were called to a Keeton residence on Johnson Fork on April 3, finding the home fully engulfed when they arrived. He said the home was a total loss, but the fire department provided a stream of water between the trailer and another home to keep the fire from spreading to nearby residences.
The Bloomington Fire Department was assisted by the Middle Fork Fire Department, the Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office and Constable James Rudd.
Carie Keeton, who shared the home with her husband, James, and their daughter, said they still do not know what caused the fire, and they were not home at the time the fire started.
“We didn’t know about it until our neighbor messaged us to let us know,” Keeton said. “By the time we made it there, our home was a total loss. The Bloomington and Middle Fork Fire Departments were able to save my sister-in-law’s home from being destroyed, as well.”
Keeton said she and her husband have lived on the property for 14 years. She said they purchased the mobile home around five years ago after they had their daughter, remodeling the entire home from top to bottom.
Within a couple of days after posting about the fire, Keeton said people had already donated all the clothing they need.
“We have been blessed with some truly amazing family and friends that have made sure we all have more than enough clothes,” Keeton said, which she said reaffirms their decision to raise their daughter in the same community her husband was raised.
A GoFundMe fundraiser has been created to help the family recover from the loss: https://gofund.me/47770ecd.