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March 12, 2014

Fire rekindles after Monday explosion

Woodbine, Rockholds fire departments respond

CORBIN — By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

A loud explosion sent a barn up in flames Monday night.

Woodbine and Rockholds fire departments responded to a call at around 11 p.m. that a barn owned by Myra Findell had exploded and was engulfed in flames.

Around 20 firefighters battled the blaze on Eatontown Road just south of Corbin for about two hours, and spent another hour and a half picking through the rubble for possible victims. Responders did not leave the scene until around 2:30 a.m.

No injuries were reported, although one firefighter complained of smoke inhalation and was treated on-scene by Whitley County EMS. The fire will be investigated by a Kentucky State Police Post 11 arson investigator, according to Woodbine Fire Chief Rick Fore.

According to Findell, the explosion shook the ground and the barn went up in flames within “a matter of seconds.”

Findell and Fore both said there was nothing explosive in the barn, and the barn had not had electricity for approximately four years. Findell said she had horses that she would put in the barn when the weather was bad, but the animals escaped harm as they were outside at the time of the explosion.

The fire also gutted an attached storage building that held tack, antique furniture, camping equipment, books and video games. Findell said the building was insured, but everything inside was “a total loss.”

“I built this barn myself,” Findell said as she watched firefighters pick through blackened rubble.

Fore said a nearby structure was in danger of catching fire, but the blaze was contained before any other buildings were harmed. The sections of a fence that were closest to the barn were destroyed by the fire. Findell said the fence contains her horses, but they were safely contained behind her house.

Tuesday afternoon saw the fire rekindle. Books, hay and board games caught on fire once again, and Woodbine Fire and Rescue responded.

The fire was out in approximately half an hour, and Fore said the cause of the rekindling was simply dry, flammable material overheating, which he said can occur following a fire.

Fore said the cause of the fire is unknown.

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