Radcliff Fire Department responds to blaze at abandoned trailer

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No charges filed

By Sarah Bennett

In an effort to clear property on South Wilson Road in Radcliff, an abandoned mobile home intentionally was ignited Thursday, authorities say, but no charges are expected to be filed.

Fire Chief Jamie Henderson referred to the fire as a “misunderstanding.”

“We got it out. He was cleaning the property for someone else,” Henderson said. “Believe me, he knows that’s not OK now.”

The intentional ignition of a structure is in violation of Radcliff’s ordinance against open burning and also violates Environmental Protection Agency regulations, Henderson said.

According to the chief, about 15 firefighters and three units responded at 9:19 a.m. Thursday to the 5800 block of South Wilson Road in reference to a structure fire.

When emergency officials arrived on scene, Henderson said the trailer was fully engulfed and had collapsed upon itself.

The man was clearing the property for the owner, Henderson said, and intended to light the trailer’s shell as a means of removing the trailer from the land.

According to the chief, the man believed igniting the trailer was a legal avenue to remove the structure.

Henderson said his main concern was the abandoned trailer’s proximity to a tree line and the risk for the fire to spread to dry leaves and wood. However, firefighters had flames under control within 10 minutes, he said. Nobody was injured.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.