TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Homepage

November 26, 2013

Fire heavily damages Corbin Ice plant

Damage to building, contents estimated at over $1.5 million

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

A two-alarm structure fire early Monday morning extensively damaged the Corbin Ice Company plant at 1311 Cumberland Falls Highway.

A total of 40 firefighters and 12 fire apparatus vehicles from four departments fought the blaze, which began before 1:10 a.m.

Damage from the fire was estimated by the Corbin Fire Department to be at $1,550,000 — $1 million to the property and $550,000 to the plant’s contents.

No one was injured in the fire.

Corbin Fire Chief Barry McDonald said Monday that arson was not the cause of the fire, and that the exact cause would be determined later.

Both McDonald and Corbin Fire investigator Eric Philpot were among those responding to the blaze Monday morning.  They returned by afternoon to conduct a routine investigation of the fire scene, joining Detective Bill Rose of the Corbin Police Department, an official with the State Fire Marshal’s Office, and Greg Botner, a co-owner of Corbin Ice.

“It’s a standard procedure,” McDonald added.

Botner was twice contacted for an interview Monday. As of 8 p.m., he did not return calls.

Corbin fire officials said the first alarm was received at 1:10 a.m. Corbin firefighters got the page around 1:15 a.m. with the first crew arriving at the scene three minutes later.

When they got there, the fire, smoke and heat was widespread.

A call for mutual aid was sent out, with Oak Grove, Woodbine and West Knox Volunteer Fire Departments coming to assist at the scene.

The fire was through the roof on one section of the one-story structure, and going into the attic on another section of the building. A ladder truck was set up, to hit the fire with water, while three 1 3/4 inch hand lines were used to fight the rest of the blaze.

Fire records indicated the rest of the roof collapsed on the building’s main section, which kept the flames out of the room where ice machines and anhydrous ammonia were located.

Anhydrous ammonia is a colorless, highly irritating gas used in commercial ice-making. Because of its low cost and high energy efficiency, it’s used in industrial refrigeration applications, as well as for ice in hockey rinks. It releases sharp, suffocating fumes.

Officials with the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were called, as were Delta Natural Gas, Corbin City Utilities, the Whitley County Health Department, Kentucky Emergency Management’s Region 9 Regional Response Manager, Jerry Rains; and Danny Moses, Emergency Management Director for Whitley County.

McDonald said the fire did not spread to the room where the anhydrous ammonia was located.

A tanker truck was called in to remove the anhydrous ammonia from the plant site.

It took a couple of hours to get the blaze under control, with the final crew leaving the scene to return back to the fire station at 8:09 a.m.

First-responders worked in rough conditions during the early morning hours, with frigid temperatures in the 20s, along with sharp winds, as well as ice from the water fighting the fire.  Seven EMT’s and three units from Whitley County EMS were also on-scene during the fire, as were several members of the Corbin Police Department who assisted with traffic control and other essential functions.

A section of Cumberland Falls Highway between Bacon and South Maple Avenue was closed off for a couple of hours, while first responders battled the blaze.

1
Text Only
Homepage
  • TODAY'S HEADLINES — July 23, 2014

    Couple pleads not guilty to abuse

    W’burg Supt. evaluation postponed

    NIBROC: Just Lose It finalists announced

    NIBROC releases Kids Activities schedule

    Corbin woman appointed to Ky. Board of Education

    Tri-County water treatment plants exceed quality standards

    Man admits to having sex with minor

    July 23, 2014

Local News
Local Sports
0707 NORTH 11-12s FOR WEB.jpg

The North Laurel All-Stars represented Kentucky at the Little League Softball Central Region Tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana. The team lost three straight games and was eliminated from the tournament.

  • End of the Line

    Recil Jones’ North Laurel 11-12 year-old All-Stars finished their stay in the Central Region Tournament with an 0-3 record after dropping a 9-4 decision to Wisconsin state champion Franklin Little League.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Knox County's state title run comes to an end

    The Knox County 11-year-old All Stars came in to Monday’s contest with Owensboro Southern knowing that the winner would move on to the semifinals of the state tournament.

    July 22, 2014

Editorials
Features
0708 Kelsey White Miss Ky.jpg

Kelsey White

  • Local woman vyes for Miss Kentucky crown

    A Williamsburg woman is among the 32 contestants representing local scholarship pageants from across the state who will vye for the title of Miss Kentucky 2014. 

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

Letters
Entertainment
  • July’s jumpin’ in Downtown Corbin

    After Thursday’s fun, festivities and fireworks during the Independence Day Block Party, how do you top the month best known as the sizzling center of summer?

    July 7, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Facebook