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Investigators seek cause of fire that destroyed fire department building

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The remains of a fire engine. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News) The remains of a fire engine. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)
(Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News) (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)
The Mt. Eden Fire department building in flames. (Source: John Butler) The Mt. Eden Fire department building in flames. (Source: John Butler)
Two of the four burned vehicles from the Mt. Eden firehouse. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News) Two of the four burned vehicles from the Mt. Eden firehouse. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)

MOUNT EDEN, KY (WAVE) - As a part of the job, firefighters are used to helping the citizens they serve pick up the pieces after a fire breaks out. On this day, that process of recovery is underway for one department and its firefighters after their building went up in flames.

It's not clear what caused the fire that destroyed the Mount Eden fire station early Aug. 5. The damage is extensive and the building is a total loss. As crews put out hot spots, the burned-out shells of the department’s fire trucks remain parked where they were sitting in their garage.

After the fire was reported at 5:13 a.m. to Shelby County Dispatch, crews and equipment from Shelby County, Simpsonville and Waddy fire departments arrived to fight the flames. The metal building housing the Mount Eden department was fully engulfed. Firefighters did not have time to get any equipment out.

Located in Spencer County, The Mount Eden Fire Department also responds to calls in Shelby County. They lost four crucial vehicles, including a tanker and fire engine. Those units alone cost more than $1 million.

The loss of their department’s building and equipment has been a very emotional time for its members. Lt. John Butler had this message for the citizens they serve: "To the residents of Mount Eden, we're not going away. We're down, but we're going to come back. As far as fire security and suppression, we're still going to be on top of things. We've got three other departments that are going to be here for you all automatically, so there's not going to be any waiting or delays. It's going to be an automatic thing."

Butler said the fire at the station, which was built in the early 2000s, does not appear to be suspicious. Shelbyville fire investigator Brandon Woods is leading the investigation to determine the cause.

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