This afternoon at just before 5 PM the call went out for first responders to please hop on over to a home on fire in Franklinton at 202 Lee Street. The home is owned by Jean Bassett and Kay Ellington of Youngsville, according to property records.
The amazing Franklinton Fire Department, Youngsville Fire Department, Franklin County EMS, and Franklinton Police Department had things quickly under control.
According to the gentleman home resident, something in his front storage room caught on fire and he tried to put it out but was unable to. You could see the evidence of his efforts by the singed hair on the right side of his full grey head of hair. The little brown burned tips were an interesting fashion statement that his friend said not to worry about, “Because we can shave them off.” Thankfully that appeared to be the extent of his physical damage.
I did ask him if there was anything he needed since the Wake Forest News has some awesome readers who would gladly help. Those around him said they had the situation under control. I hope I did not speak out of turn for readers but you are one fricking amazing group of people.
Franklinton Engine 61 and 64 were on the scene. Youngsville Engine 341 made the trip as well. Franklin County Paramedics looked after the health and wellbeing of the very hot firefighters.
According to the Franklinton Assistant Chief and Captain on the scene, the homeowner is to be praised for closing the door to the room as he left. The fire damage was contained to that one room while there was smoke damage throughout.
The good news is the homeowner was not badly injured and all that appears to have been lost today was some stuff. The damage can be repaired.
Residents of the Town of Franklinton should be proud of their fire department who appeared to do a world-class job of tackling the fire.