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A Thursday afternoon structure fire in the 200 block of Spring Avenue in Bedford destroyed the home of longtime resident Terry Olivigni.
According to Milton Fire Chief Jason Long, the Milton and Bedford fire departments were dispatched to the scene behind the Trimble County Courthouse at 2:44 p.m. on Feb. 13.
“Fire units arrived on scene and found a two story house with fire coming out one side,” Long said in a statement.
Long said the Trimble firefighters requested manpower assistance from the Carrollton Westside and Campbellsburg fire departments. The combined personnel of the various companies worked several hours to extinguish the blaze, Long reported.
“It was hard to extinguish due to the second floor collapsing on top of the first trapping a lot of the fire in between,” Long said.
Olivigni told The Trimble Banner he was getting ready to take a shower when he noticed smoke billowing from another part of the house. He said he attempted to beat out the fire but was forced to evacuate the home due to the smoke. He couldn’t reach five cats in another part of the dwelling. The pets did not survive.
Olivigni escaped with minor injuries, including minor burns to the face, but refused treatment and transport.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, Long said, but no foul play is suspected.
In addition to the Milton, Bedford, Westside and Campbellsburg fire departments, Trimble County Emergency Medical Services, and the Trimble County Sheriff’s Department were all on the scene.