Family escapes as fire destroys Dry Ridge home

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

John Courtney stood across the road from his burning home on Tuesday, Sept. 29. He alternated going into his neighbor’s house and standing outside in the cool air as fire fighters from three departments attempted to extinguish the blaze.


Courtney said the fire started in the living room of the brick home he shared with his wife, Tina and sons, Grayson Dawson, 5 and Garriane Courtney, 3.

“All I know is I saw a blanket on fire,” he said.

Courtney said he went into the kitchen to fill a bucket of water to try put out the flames, but by the time he got back to the living room, the house was full of smoke.

He gathered his family and ran them across the street and he called 911.

Firefighters were called to his home at 275 Cottonwood Drive around 10:30 a.m. It took firefighters from Dry Ridge, Crittenden and Williamstown until 1 p.m. to get the fire out.

Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Garvey and Doug Clifton, a volunteer firefighter in Jonesville, were the first to arrive on the scene.

Garvey said flames were shooting out the front window.

Clifton said the fire was burning hot, so hot you could feel the heat from the street.

The Courtneys had lived in the home a couple of years, but did not own it.

They were assisted by the Grant County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Tina Courtney was also treated at the scene by emergency medical technicians for smoke inhalation. She was later taken to St. Elizabeth Grant County where she was treated and released.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but the home and its contents were a total loss.