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Fires destroy Dry Ridge, Corinth homes

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By The Staff

The Barlows lost almost everything when fire tore through their home. Luckily for them, a CSI truck was passing by and saw smoke.

The home, located at 7490 Warsaw Road, belonged to Randy and Leanne Barlow. They also have a son, Sawyer. The fire started around 11 a.m. on Jan. 25.

Randy Barlow had just restored a 1968 Chevelle that cost about $30,000. CSI workers saw the car in his carport and pushed it away from the fire. They also saved his family's 1994 Suburban, which they were able to move because a key was in it.

"I'm very fortunate they got that car out of the way," Barlow said.

The family was able to save some pictures and baby items. Aside from that, the fire destroyed the house.

"Fortunately we saved some pictures," Randy said. "We had to let them dry out a little bit, but we saved them."

"We had a candle going this morning because we brought our cats in from outside," Randy said. "I left and my wife was here. She said she blew it out, so we don't know if it started back up, but luckily no one was in the house."

The Barlows will stay with family in the area.

By the time fire personnel arrived at the house, the fire was heavily involved. Fire departments from Dry Ridge, Williamstown and Jonesville fought the fire for three hours. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

"When we arrived, the whole house was fully involved," Todd Anderson, a paid Dry Ridge fireman and a Williamstown volunteer, said. "Fire was coming through the carport and blowing through the roof."

When Steve and Trish Jenkins returned home from church just before 1 p.m. on Jan. 27, their home appeared normal.

Trish said Steve tried to use the garage door opener but it wouldn't work.

"He went to the back of the house and opened the door and the smoke rolled out," Trish said.

The Jenkins built their home on Corinth Road five years ago. Now they're staying with relatives in Falmouth after the home was destroyed.

"The whole upstairs was fully engulfed and it had already started to sink in the middle when we got there," said Corinth Fire Chief Robert "Red" Smith.

Firefighters from Corinth, Williamstown, Dry Ridge, Crittenden and Jonesville shuttled water to the scene. Smith said firefighters stayed on scene for about four hours.

The home was a total loss.

Jenkins works as an aide at Mason-Corinth Elementary School.

The Jenkins have two daughters, Sarah, a senior and Heather, a freshman, at Grant County High School.

The family was unable to salvage anything, including Sarah's senior photos.

"There were a lot of memories we can't get back, but God took care of us and you can't ask for more than that," Trish said. "Everyone's prayers are what we need and we'll be fine because God has the ultimate plan."