By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer
Late Friday night saw the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter rapidly engulfed in flames as firefighters battled to subdue the blaze.
What began as smoke curling from the shelter’s roof about 10:15 p.m. soon became a flame atop the building. Firefighters from Woodbine, Rockholds, and West Knox rushed to battle the growing fire and to rescue the animals trapped inside.
Firefighters managed to rescue several dogs and a few cats before the building was engulfed in flames. Cracks in the exterior showed nothing but charred wood silhouetted against an orange glow as the fire swept through the inside of the building.
Most of the dogs were contained in crates, but a couple of wayward animals cowered away from the heat of the blaze and would not allow shelter staff or emergency responders to approach them.
A hole burned into the roof of the building from which flames leapt.
The fire fight continued at press time. See Monday’s edition of the Times-Tribune for more on this breaking story.
Also responding to the scene were the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department and Whitley County EMS.
How to help the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter
Cash donations can be made at the Forcht Bank in Corbin and London. The Corbin branch can be reached at 606-528-3660. The London branch can be reached at 606-864-9500. The shelter also has a PayPal account set up to receive donations. Drop-off donations can be made at Knox County Veterinary Services of 314 High Street in Barbourville, the office of William and Devanna Durham of 513 18th Street in Corbin, or Whitley County EMS of 1002 Aviation Blvd in Williamsburg.
Myers said that the shelter has plenty of food, and mainly needs water, towels, blankets, metal food and water bowls for the animals, big water buckets, pans that can be used as litter boxes, litter scoops, cat litter, cat containment crates, garbage cans, and large garbage bags.