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An early morning blaze consumed a home on Rankin Drive in Erlanger, Ky. on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
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An early morning blaze consumed a home on Rankin Drive in Erlanger, Ky. on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
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Erlanger home extensively damaged in early morning blaze

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ERLANGER, Ky. – A family escaped a fire overnight Sunday that extensively burned a house on Rankin Drive.

The fire began in the basement during a power outage in the area. Initially, a Duke Energy representative was called to the scene when family members thought the blaze was in the breaker box of the home.

When that representative could not contain what was believed to be an electrical fire, the Erlanger Fire Department was called in at about 4:15 a.m.

“Anytime you have a basement fire you are going to have difficulty,” said Erlanger Fire Chief Todd Whitaker.

Whitaker’s crew, along with firefighter from Fort Mitchell, Elsmere and Florence, dealt with weather and items in the home to get to the seat of the fire.

No one was hurt in the incident. Crews eventually were able to contain the blaze.

About four homes in the neighborhood were still without power Sunday morning due to issues with a transformer. Investigators were trying to determine if the outage contributed to the fire.

WCPO reporter Shannon Kettler contributed to this report.

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