Firefighters in central Kentucky spent more than 24 hours Tuesday battling an enormous fire that consumed much of a 120,000 square-foot wood paneling plant.
At about 1 p.m., fire broke out at Wholesale Hardwood Interiors in Campbellsville, Kentucky.
“During initial dispatch command requested a second alarm and mutual aid response from Columbia FD and Greensburg FD,” a press release posted by the Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department states. “Upon arrival firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming out all four sides of the 120,000 square foot facility. Firefighters provided an aggressive interior attack on the fire.”
All workers were accounted for and safely evacuated.
“Once fire conditions drastically increased firefighters switched to an exterior operation for firefighter safety,” the release states. “Additional mutual aid response was requested for aerials, tankers and manpower support. Once fire conditions slightly improved exterior and interior operations worked simultaneously.”
Firefighters have remained on scene since the initial alarm with the unreachable areas of the fire expected to burn at least 48 hours.
No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. However, personal protective equipment suffered damaged from heat and flames during.
“We are very fortunate no employees were injured but we are deeply saddened by the loss of a major manufacturing company that provided jobs to 125 employees of our community,” the press release states.
Campbellsville/Taylor County FD had assistance from 13 other fire departments that supplied 100 firefighters and 25 fire apparatus working solidly for over 10 hours. Most of the department providing mutual aid were volunteer.
Mutual aid responders also filled the Campbellville/Taylor County FD fire stations to provide continuing local protection while responders dealt with the massive fire.