By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
A house about a mile southwest of Kimberly-Clark was severely damaged in an early morning fire Tuesday.
Fortunately, the occupants made it out safely at around 2:30 a.m. when the fire alarm woke up one of them up.
J.D. Ketcham said it was a good thing his 25-year-old son Kyle Bounds was present. Kethcam said he and his wife, Lisa, are sound sleepers, and Bounds woke them up to get out of the house.
Ketcham stood in the backyard at 3349 County Road 100 talking to the insurance company on the phone as Farmington firefighters sorted through the smoking debris Tuesday morning.
“I’ve been living in this place over 40 years,” Ketcham said, adding that he raised two children at the home. “I was a young man when I bought this.”
Ketcham saw that the kitchen was engulfed in flames and knew it was time to get out of the house. Four cars were also burned in the fire.
A lot of memories were made at the house, and he lost irreplaceable family pictures of his children growing up.
“I’m kind of in shock right now,” Ketcham said, adding that he does not know what caused the blaze.
But Ketcham finds comfort in the fact that no one was hurt.
He said he loved the home and living in the community. He had been working on his deck, had just installed a new roof and had a swimming pool for the grandchildren.
Ketcham has never been through a house fire and said it is tough for a workingman to devote years to his home and see it burn down.
The Farmington Fire Department responded to the blaze along with firefighters from Glen and the support unit from Biggersville.