Henderson County House Fire Devastates Couple


Thursday night was just like any other night for Barbara Dunn of Zion, KY.

She was watching TV in her family room and fell asleep on the couch, but the next thing she knew she was surrounded by smoke.

Barbara was the only one home.

Her husband Gary had gone to Diamond Lake with the family dog.

Luckily she was able to escape without any injuries, but now, all that is left is to pick up the pieces.

The fire broke out around 3:30 Friday morning at the Dunn’s house, in the 4700 block of Highway 1078 North off of 351.

Eyewitness News was on the scene.

The Dunn’s grandaughter, Nichole Akins, says the loss of her grandparents home happened at a more difficult time than ever.

Dunn lost her mother, sister, brother and law, and nephew all within the last year, and now all of her memories of them are gone.

Akins said,”People that shes loved and lost, and now all of our childhood memories that she’s kept with her, they’re all gone, and that is stuff she’s never going to get back.”

But the Dunns and their family and friends are very grateful no one was hurt, and that the only things lost are nothing but just that; things.

They said its all thanks to the volunteer fire fighters that were able to respond to the call and get the fire under control within 26 minutes total.

Akins wants those volunteers to know how much the family appreciates their sometimes seemingly thankless work.

Akins said, “We thank everybody that helped, between coming out to help us and calling to check on us. The fire departments that were here… this is a small community so everybody works together as a family anyway.”

Akins said even though the house is destroyed, her Grandma and Papaw will always have a place to lie their head at night, thanks to good family and friends.

Red Cross also offered to put the couple up in a hotel until they can figure out a place to live.

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