STANFORD — A house that originally caught fire Tuesday morning rekindled and burned completely on Wednesday afternoon.
The residence on Ky. 78 west of Stanford, owned by Paul Long and Joe Hafley, sustained major damage when lightning struck an outbuilding on the property, burning it to the ground and spreading to the house.
A neighbor happened to see the smoke and call dispatch, which confirmed that the call came in about 11:30 a.m.
Lincoln County firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading further; however, the house was “not salvagable after the first fire,” according to Fire Chief Danny Glass.
“What didn’t burn was pretty much destroyed by smoke or water,” Glass said.
Crews were called back to the scene about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when one of the property owners discovered that the fire had rekindled. Glass said the owner had gone out to check on things when he realized it had rekindled.
The fire completely destroyed the home. Candace Smith, who was renting the residence at the time, was able to retrieve some of her belongings, Glass says, but not a great deal.
“She hadn’t lived there long, maybe three to four weeks,” he said, explaining that much of her stuff was still in boxes while she was working on the house.