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Crews battle early morning blazes; no injuries reported

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One fire in Elizabethtown area left significant damage

By Marty Finley

Homeowners awoke to snowfall Monday, but firefighters had their minds on hotter elements.

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Local fire departments responded to two fires early Monday morning in the Elizabethtown and Vine Grove areas, one of which left a home temporarily uninhabitable.

Central Hardin Fire Department responded to a fire around 7:49 a.m. at 132 Hickory Hill Drive, which Chief Everett Roberts said originated in the kitchen.

Central Hardin Fire received mutual aid from Radcliff and Rineyville Fire Departments and cleared the scene by 12:46 p.m., Roberts said.

The homeowners, Mallory and Ryan Padgett, were not home during the blaze but arrived while firefighters were dousing the flames. Roberts said no one, homeowners or responders, was injured in the fire. He also said no pets or animals were found inside the home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Roberts was comfortable in saying the source of ignition was found in the kitchen. He said the fire caused significant damage to several rooms in the home.

When asked if the house was a total loss, Roberts said he believed it could be restored.

“I’m guessing they’ll be able to come in, gut it and rebuild,” he said.

The American Red Cross responded to assist the family and provided canteen services and snacks for firefighters. Hardin County EMS also assisted on the scene.

Vine Grove Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 313 Oakwood Circle around 9 a.m. Chief Steve New said the fire was found underneath a fireplace in the home and burnt through a floor joist by the time crews arrived. Neither the homeowner, Eddie Buie, nor anyone else was injured, New said.

The fire was under control within minutes, but New said his department was on the scene for a few hours because of the construction of the home and unusual placement of the fire. He said the fire was uncovered by the homeowners, which allowed the department to address the blaze before it became more problematic.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762, or at mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.