TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

November 5, 2013

State fire marshal to visit Corbin Manor apartments


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By Becky Killian / Editor

Although a Sunday fire that destroyed a building at Corbin Manor apartments isn’t considered suspicious, a state fire marshal was expected to visit the site today, according to West Knox Volunteer Fire & Rescue Chief Darryl Baker.

Baker said the fire marshal typically inspects commercial properties damaged by fire.

Baker’s department was called to the blaze at 5:30 a.m. When they arrived, Baker said the front portion of a building at the complex was fully engulfed in flames.

The building housed offices, a maintenance area, a laundry facility and a community room.

It took about an hour to get the fire under control. Baker explained the front portion of the building was constructed about 35 years ago while the community room on the back was a more recent addition. The fire had spread to where the two roofs overlapped, making it difficult for firefighters to reach it. The fire fight was also hampered by the dangerous conditions that prevented firefighters from going inside the building.

Other departments responding included Lily, Keavy and Laurel County. Laurel County Ambulance was also at the complex.

Baker said about 40 firefighters fought the fire. Firefighters remained at the complex until 9:42 a.m.

Although the cause of the fire wasn’t known early Monday, Baker said no foul play is suspected.