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Mt. Eden Volunteer Fire Dept. dedicates new building after devastating fire

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MOUNT EDEN, Ky. (WDRB) –- It was open house Sunday in Mt. Eden as the volunteer fire department held a show and tell for the community.

Kids and adults got a tour of the rebuilt facilities following last summer’s fire that destroyed the entire station.

On Aug. 5, crews got the call that their own building was burning down.

"When we first arrived, we found the station totally, fully engulfed in flames," Chief Doug Herndon said.

His station was a total loss. All the gear and vehicles were destroyed in less than an hour. Twenty-five volunteer firefighters no longer had a home.

"It's been a long 14 months, but now we've got newer equipment, better equipment," Chief Herndon said.

He says the fire made his department more like a family.

"It just made us work together and struggle together, which makes us all closer in the end," Herndon said.

There are several new additions, including upgraded technology, security cameras and a fire alarm that wasn't there before. They also bought new protective gear, two new fire trucks and had two smaller trucks donated.

"We care,” said Denis Albert, whose company Peytona Garage, was called during the fire to remove the trucks from the burning building.

He saved one of the doors from Engine 9931. The upper part melted at 1,200 degrees. The fire emblem is still visible.

"We felt that we needed to preserve something for the fire department and let them know how much we appreciate them and the devastation that they all went through," Albert said.

One of Albert’s friends then built a shadowbox for the door to keep on site, a reminder that the new building and department is rising from the ashes.

"It's really touching that this man would do this for us," said Herndon, who is still deciding where it’ll be installed.

As far as the fire, Chief Herndon says the ATF listed its cause as unknown, but not suspicious.

Since investigators told him it likely started in the attic, Herndon thinks it could've been electrical.

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