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Shepherdsville firefighters respond to 'significant' fire at Standard Publishing Co.

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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The snow, at times, was blowing horizontally as firefighters struggled to put out a fire at Standard Publishing Company in Shepherdsville.

“The biggest problem tonight is the weather,” Shepherdsville Fire Chief Layne Troutman told WDRB News.

But it wasn't just the snow. The biggest obstacle facing the five departments and 46 firefighters was the bitterly cold temperatures. Extra manpower was needed to rotate firefighters.

“It's extremely cold weather out today. Our hoses are frozen to the ground, our uniforms are frozen to us so it's extremely cold,” said Chief Troutman.

In order to help battle the flames, firefighters stayed warm on a Tarc bus, and received hot chocolate from the Red Cross.

Every time the wind picked up, so did the smoke. It took about an hour and a half to fully control the fire. Chief Troutman said it was hard to extinguish because of the large stacks of rolled paper used for the newspaper, The Pioneer News. Once under control, firefighters cut holes in the roof of the building to ventilate the smoke.

Chief Troutman says no one was injured during the fire Wednesday afternoon. His concern then was worrying about his firefighters and the equipment.

“Hypothermia, frostbite, anything with cold weather. It's extremely hard to deal with for each firefighter and the truck, we had sunk pumps freeze up on the trucks,” said Chief Troutman.

As for the local paper in Shepherdsville, publisher Thomas Barr says this fire shouldn't hinder printing.

“We'll have a paper out, so that won't be a problem. Whether it's printed here or at one of our other facilities we'll have a paper,” Barr told WDRB News.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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