Items to be sold to benefit the family of a recently deceased 7-week-old infant were destroyed, along with a truck, in a fire on Sunday, November 3.
At around 12:50 p.m. on Sunday, the Leitchfield Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire in the driveway of Sander’s Radiator and A/C Service on Mill Street in Leitchfield.
First Assistant Fire Chief Tim Duvall said the driver, Robert Basham, of Millwood, noticed smoke coming from the rear of the GMC 1500 he was driving and pulled into Sander’s Radiator and A/C Service.
The fire fully engulfed the items in the truck’s bed and spread through the rest of the truck before being extinguished, Duvall said.
No one was injured as a result of the fire, but the truck was a “total loss,” according to Duvall.
The items in the truck’s bed were to be sold in a benefit auction for the family of Robert Michael Shane Pierce, a 7-week-old infant who passed away in August, said Basham, Pierce’s grandfather.
Duvall said the fire may have been caused by a cigarette thrown out the window; however, Basham had reported to the LFD that he had been putting out his cigarettes in an ash tray.
The official cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The benefit auction for the Pierce family will be held at the Hornback auction house in Big Clifty at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 17, said Marti Basham, Robert Basham’s wife.
For more information about the auction, contact Robert Basham or Marti Basham by phone at either 270-230-6708 or 270-230-5275.