Elderly Couple Escapes House Fire In Orleans

(ORLEANS) – An elderly couple were able to escape a house fire in Orleans on Saturday night.

Forrest and Bernice Lindley escaped a house fire at 708 West Jefferson Street in Orleans on Saturday night.

Forrest and Bernice Lindley called 911 at 7:52 p.m. reporting their kitchen was on fire at their home at 708 West Jefferson Street in Orleans.

Upon firefighters arrival, the home was fully involved in flames.

“The couple reported they were in their living room when they saw something flash in their kitchen. At this time we do not know what sparked this blaze,” said Ronald Roach, Fire Chief of the Orleans Volunteer Fire Department.

Firefighters ventilate the roof of a house fire on Saturday night in Orleans

“There were no injuries reported; however, two firefighters were treated at the scene. Also, firefighters were evaluated periodically which is routine when they have a structure fire to make sure they were doing fine,” Roach added.

Mark Tope, Pastor of Paoli Friends Church, prepares to go see the Lindley’s following a fire Saturday night.

“They will be needing a cane and electric wheel chair that was destroyed in the fire,” said Mark Tope, Pastor of Paoli Friends Church and Chaplin of the Paoli Police Department. The Lindley’s attend the Paoli Friends Church.

The couple will be staying with their son until they can get things situated.

Firefighters work to douse several hotspots still burning in a home on Jefferson Street in Orleans.

The Orleans Fire Department, Orange County Rural District 2, IU Health Orange County Ambulance Service, Orleans Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and Duke Energy responded to the fire.

Firefighters take a break Saturday after fighting a fire in Orleans

Firefighters were still on the scene after 10:00 p.m. working on finding hot spots throughout the home. The ladies auxiliary of the Orange County Rural Fire Department provided water and drinks to firefighters as they worked the blaze.

Anyone wishing to help the couple can contact Pastor Mark Tope at 336-266-9586.