Near Miss for Firefighter at Fatal KY Fire

A firefighter almost fell victim to a Paintsville (KY) house fire while trying to rescue a man. The 46-year-old civilian was killed in the fire.

“My head was being torn between finding this guy but also trying to get out before I become another casualty before I become part of the problem rather a part of the solution,” Timothy Goble, the firefighter who narrowly escaped the fire, told WMYT (

The 24-year-old Goble made it out alive, even after his mask and helmet fell off as he struggled to breathe. The firefighter was hospitalized after the fire.

The state fire marshal determined that the fire started in the utility room inside the home. The fire is still under investigation.

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