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After devastating fire, Mt. Eden Volunteer Fire Department looks to rebuild

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After a fire destroyed the Mt. Eden volunteer fire house, firefighters across the country have scrambled to help them rebuild

Officials don't yet know what caused the fire station to burn down but volunteers are working hard to clean up and replace everything they lost.

Equipment normally used to fight flames was ruined by them after the Mt. Eden Volunteer Fire Department caught fire early Tuesday.

The firehouse and everything inside, including four fire trucks, are now of no use.

"This is all a total loss. We were able to pull out a couple pictures and plaques and things but it's a total loss," said Lt. John Butler.

Memorabilia pulled from the ashes will likely be stored and put in the new firehouse they plan to build.

Butler has spent this week trying to figure out how to make that happen.

"We've already formed a building committee. We've already formed an apparatus committee. We're trying to get the ball rolling as quick as we can," Butler told WDRB.

Butler says they've been getting calls and emails from people all over the country wanting to donate.

"It makes you feel good that people thousands, hundreds of miles away are calling and saying hey is there anything we can do to help?" he said.

The station caught fire early Tuesday and in less than an hour, it was in ruins.

"It was up to fire code but fire houses don't have sprinklers in them. It's a 100% volunteer station so nobody stays the night. It was just bad luck," Butler said.

The fire left 23 volunteer fire fighters without gear and the town of Mt. Eden without emergency responders.

911 calls were then diverted to surrounding counties and in just three days, Mt. Eden fire fighters are back in response mode -- even without a fire house.

"We are making runs. At this point though, because we've lost so much, we still have departments coming with us," explained Butler

On Friday, Butler and other fire fighters watched as their scorched fire trucks were hauled off.

Butler says now they can finish cleaning up and moving forward.

"Now once the trucks are gone, it's just going to be a building. You know, it's not our stuff sitting there. It's just a building," said Butler.

If you would like to help, donations can be made at People's State Bank of Taylorsville at the main branch and the Elk Creek Branch.

The name of account is Mt. Eden District Board Disaster Contribution.

You can also donate by calling 502-477-2244.

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