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Volunteer firefighters in Mt. Eden hope to rebuild firehouse destroyed by flames

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Volunteer firefighter Andrew Ware holds a fire-damaged fire helmet. Volunteer firefighter Andrew Ware holds a fire-damaged fire helmet.
Lt. Butler listens to his radio as the dispatcher announces another call comes in offering assistance. Lt. Butler listens to his radio as the dispatcher announces another call comes in offering assistance.

MOUNT EDEN, Ky. (WDRB) -- It was a call they never thought they'd get, their own firehouse up in flames.

Firefighters at the Mount Eden Fire Department in Spencer County quickly became victim to the very thing they spend their lives battling.

They say it took less than an hour for the firehouse to be destroyed, but it will likely take months to rebuild.

"These are the things that aren't supposed to burn,” LT. John Butler said in disbelief. “Fire houses aren't supposed to burn."

The fire consumed four trucks, most everyone's gear and enough equipment to total well over a million dollars in damage.

"This is what's left," Lt. Butler said as he gestured to a burnt out fire truck. Almost nothing is left and almost every one of Mt. Eden's 23 volunteer fire fighters watched it burn.

"I never thought in a million years that we would get a call that our fire house was on fire," volunteer firefighter Amy Herndon said. Many of them were dispatched to fight their own fire.

"I was one of the first few here and we tried to make entry into the firehouse and getting some of the trucks out but it was just too far gone.” Andrew Ware explained, “The heat and smoke was too much."

It took down a building built just over a decade ago, just short of the department's 50th anniversary.

Lt. Butler said "there were flames coming out of every bay doors...and the sides."

The flames left nothing of the building but a tornado siren and a flag, which is now lowered to half-staff.

"Just to look and know we have to rebuild is not something you want to see every day,” Lt. Butler said as he began to get emotional.

Help has already begun to pour in from fire departments across the country.

"We received another call from West Virginia," squawked the radio on Lt. Butler's shoulder. The department will find a place hang their helmets once again.

"I never would have imagined it, it's all gone,” Ware told us. “We're just going to have to rebuild, and hopefully move on to bigger and better things."

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