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A father and son are grateful to be alive after escaping an early morning house fire in Oldham County Tuesday. A father and son are grateful to be alive after escaping an early morning house fire in Oldham County Tuesday.
Bill Stewart Bill Stewart
South Oldham Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Parker South Oldham Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Parker

CRESTWOOD, KY (WAVE) - A father and son are grateful to be alive after escaping an early morning house fire in Oldham County Tuesday.

Around 4 a.m., Bill Stewart said he awoke to the smell of smoke inside his two-story home along East Kilgus Circle in Crestwood.

"I opened my attic door and there was heavy smoke coming out of the attic," said Stewart. "I called 911 and then I woke my son up and got him up and got my two dogs. We got out of there."

While the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, South Oldham Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Parker said the fire began in an attic before spreading to portions of the second floor. At one point, flames became so intense, they caused a section of the roof to come crashing down.

"We did have a roof collapse on the front side of the structure at one point," began Asst. Chief Parker. "We actually had a roof collapse several times. Firefighters are fine."

The fire comes as yet another setback for Stewart, who first moved into the home 10 years ago to tend to his ailing mother.

"I took care of her for ten years here and she finally succumbed to cancer," said Stewart.

Stewart inherited the house last December following his mother's death. He said since then he has been operating his electronics repair business from the house while recuperating from a life-saving heart surgery undergone in March.

"This is the fourth or fifth major thing that's actually happened to me in the last year that's really tried to knock me down," said Stewart whose son recently broke his hip in a car accident.

Now out of a job and a home, Stewart said it's his faith that will help get he and his family through this tough time.

"We're alive and still kicking, so hopefully we'll be able to pick up the pieces and move on from here."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Firefighters from South Oldham, Middletown, PeeWee Valley, and Worthington fire departments assisted with the fire. Meanwhile, LaGrange firefighters remained on standby at the South Oldham Fire Department.

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