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July 8, 2014

Fire destroys barn in Keavy

Eleven firefighters respond to blaze

CORBIN — By Kristina Smith / Staff Writer

A lifetime worth of memories were ablaze in a barn fire on Lane Road in Keavy Monday.

Keavy Fire Department responded to the fire around 6 p.m. to find it fully engulfed in flames.

“At that point there was really nothing we could do,” said Keavy Fire Department Chief Richard Bales.

The barn belonging to Tody Coffey contained items that used to belong to her deceased parents. While nobody was injured in the fire, Coffey said the loss is devastating.

“My father had a workshop in the back of the barn with all of his things,” Coffey said while holding back tears. “The barn looked so nice after he fixed it up.”

But on Monday four firetrucks and 11 firefighters were called to the barn to extinguish the flames that burned everything inside. Coffey believes all of her parents belongings were destroyed.

“I’ve had their things in there for quite some time and never thought about anything happening to it,” Coffey said.

Coffey said the barn and the property had been in her family for several years and she has many fond memories of time spent with her family at the barn.

Also lost to the fire was a car that was being repaired by renters living on Coffey’s property. Coffey explained however that it was not the renter’s primary vehicle, but instead a car that they were trying to fix up.

The barn was burnt to the ground and firefighters left the scene shortly before 7 p.m. but indicated to Coffey that the blaze could continue for several hours due to the high temperatures.

Bales said that a cause for the fire has not yet been determined.

Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County was also on scene to make sure firefighters were not overcome by the intense heat. Bales said no firefighters had to be treated.

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