Battling the blaze: Fire destroys much of Louisville Road house

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By Erin L. McCoy

A house fire at 4655 Louisville Road caused extensive smoke, fire and heat damage throughout the home Wednesday.


“We had extensive damage to one end of the house where the garage was and the living area above the garage had extensive fire damage,” Fire Chief Anthony Mattingly said.

Most of the furniture and clothing in the two-story section of the house above the garage suffered permanent damage, and part of that segment of the house collapsed into the garage, according to Mattingly. A single-story section of the house farther from the garage also suffered heat and smoke damage.

“It’s un-livable at this time,” Mattingly said.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and Mattingly said further investigation will likely be left to the company insuring the house.

“It appears that it started in the garage but we haven’t pinpointed the source yet,” he said.

Firefighters responded to an emergency call around noon. When they arrived on the scene, smoke engulfed much of the roof and billowed out the windows and garage as two fire trucks pumped water onto the structure.

No one was in the house when the fire started, according to owner Edgar Abell.

He had visited the house but not entered around 11 a.m. Wednesday. The fire may have already been burning inside at that time, unbeknownst to him, he said.

Twenty members of the Bardstown-Nelson County Fire Department responded, with firefighters arriving at the residence shortly after noon. They were on scene approximately five hours.

Firefighters were called out again at 6:31 p.m. when the fire rekindled.