A large, potentially dangerous fire started behind the Hobdy, Dye and Read building on Elizabethtown Road on the evening of Thursday, August 7.
According to First Assistant Leitchfield Fire Chief Tim Duvall, who was on charge at the scene, the blaze could have severely damaged nearby buildings had it not been quickly tamed by firefighters.
“We were very lucky. The wind was blowing in the right direction that night. If the wind was going in a different direction, the outcome would've been a lot different,” said Duvall.
The Leitchfield Fire Department (LFD) arrived at the scene at approximately 8:54 p.m. A call had come in after several hundred pallets caught fire in the back lot of Hobdy, Dye and Read, a company known for selling both used and new farm equipment.
The pallets had been sitting in the back lot for a long time, according to Duvall, who had been contacted by the company requesting that the LFD perform a controlled burn as a training exercise and to despose of the pallets.
Air Quality Control informed the department that the pile was too large and burning it was considered open burning, and therefore could not be accomodated. The controlled burning exercise was not permitted.
The fire, which, according to Duvall, could be seen “from the First Station as we were pulling out” caused no damage to the Hobdy, Dye and Read building, nor any of the surrounding buildings.
Though the cause of the blaze remains unknown, both Duvall and Fire Chief Jerry Schlosser remain relieved. Schlosser advises Hobdy, Dye and Read, along with other local businesses to take more caution when clearing away unwanted waste. “I'm glad it wasn't worse than it was… We can't let those [pallets]accumulate anymore,” Schlosser said.
The LFD cleared the scene at 11:50 p.m. after putting out the flames.