Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Fire burns 2 homes overnight in Ludlow

By Travis Gettys
Enquirer contributor

LUDLOW - Arson investigators arrived early Monday at the scene an overnight fire that left two families homeless.

The blaze broke out about 1:30 a.m. at 1 Carneal St. and spread to a house next door. Flames quickly engulfed the two wood frame structures, according to Daphne Carson, 43, who lived at 3 Carneal St. with Jerry Moore, 41.

"It was just an inferno and ours was in its way," Carson said.

The two were sleeping when the fire started but were able to escape without injury with their dog, Carson said.

Gene Reynolds, 57, lived in the house where the fire began, but neither he nor his daughter, Tara Reynolds, 28, was home during the blaze.

Reynolds, who called the house with a river view his home for 18 years, said his sister called him at a friend's house to tell him about the fire.

"I got here when it was all burned down," Reynolds said.

He and his daughter lost everything they owned, said Reynolds, standing in a muddy side lot and reviewing the ruined house with two friends.

The rear of the house - which used to be a kitchen, bathroom and utility room - had been burned to its concrete foundation, and the front of the building was covered in charred and melted aluminum siding.

Arson investigators were called as part of a routine procedure, said Ludlow police Chief Ray Murphy, but no one from the interlocal unit was available for comment Monday.

"There's nothing on our watch report to say there's anything suspicious about (the fire)," Murphy said.

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