Fire Station Suffers Total Loss, Other Departments Responding

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- A South Central Kentucky fire department is recovering after a blaze swept through their station earlier in the week. Although the station has suffered a total loss, officials say they do plan to rebuild and will continue to respond with the help of others.

"Well, as you can see, there's nothing left, we lost everything," Assistant Chief, Blake Vaughn said.

The South Hopkins Fire Department lost their building, five trucks and all of their equipment in blaze that broke out late Wednesday night.

"We got the call around 11:30 P.M. We were told we had a fire in the general area of our fire station, but we didn't know it was our station until we actually got here," Vaughn said.

Officials say the building was fully engulfed by the time crews arrived.

"It was just over-whelming, I just couldn't believe it, it was already so involved, there was no trying to save anything. So, I immediately called for help from our neighboring departments here and just pretty much had to sit back and watch everything that you sweat for and work for every day go up in flames," Vaughn said.

More than five area departments responded to battle the blaze.

"We work well with each other, so, we're used to working with each others departments and everything, so that's not uncommon for us. It was just the location," Nortonville's Fire Chief, Jason Eli, said.

Now, many of them are donating equipment, including the first department on the scene.

"Nortonville; we've given them so S.E.B.A.'s to use. We recently received a FEMA grant, so we replaced all of our old S.E.B.A.'s with new ones," Eli said.

But, the donations are extending far beyond the county.

"We've had calls from all over the country. States as far away as Pennsylvania have called and offered trucks, and as a matter-of-fact, the truck we have now came from Alabama. They drove up here to us and dropped it off," Vaughn said.

Vaughn also says they are grateful for the support.

"I want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts on behalf of everyone here at South Hopkins. I want to say thank you."

The investigation has determined that suspicious activity, including arson, is not a factor.


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