Kentucky transportation officials report eastbound lanes on Interstate-24 remain closed Friday morning in Trigg County near the 65 mile marker. A tractor-trailer rig carrying pears is on fire. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says firefighters brought in a backhoe to break open the trailer to access the burning cargo inside.
Emergency workers in Kentucky are increasingly confident that fire crews have contained a multi-day blaze spewing flames and smoke from a derailed tanker car. The blaze began Wednesday afternoon, and authorities initially thought it would last no longer than a couple hours. They were still waiting for it to die out late last night, acknowledging they were unsure how much butadiene was left in the burning railcar to fuel the flames.
A Union City, Tenn., recycling center has erupted in flames for the second time in two months. A previously unburned part of Greenway Recover & Recycle caught fire shortly before 10 a.m. yesterday. Union City Fire Chief Kelly Edmison says a fire crew remains on site to control the blaze. Edmison says fires in bales of plastic have been difficult to put out because of the type of material. He says plastic from the first fire in September continues to smolder.
Wild fires are scorching hundreds of square miles in several western states of the U.S. While parts of Kentucky are experiencing severe drought, the risk of similar fires in the commonwealth is relatively small.
At a sometimes heated hearing today where members of the House got to express outrage about the excessive and wasteful spending by officials from the General Services Administration during a 2010 conference in Las Vegas, the man at the center of the scandal refused to testify.
A fire has fully engulfed a structure on Norsworthy road near Kirksey, Kentucky. The Calloway County Sheriff’s office received a call about the fire around 1:30 this afternoon. The Fire and Rescue squad is on the scene. No further reports including any injuries are available.
Bardwell city officials are offering a $2,000 dollar reward for information about a suspicious downtown weekend fire. The blaze occurred late Saturday night, burning down four abandoned buildings along Front Street and damaging others. 80 firefighters from eight rural cities responded to the fire.
A Mayfield house fire early yesterday morning has left two people dead and one hospitalized. Police say there wasn't a working fire alarm in the home when the blaze began. 19-year-old Allison Burnett and 22 year-old Deven Trull died in the fire. Another man at the home was pulled out by neighbors and taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. His name has not yet been released and his condition is not known.
Obion County Tennessee residents within 5 miles of South Fulton have a new subscription based fire service that helps ensure fire fighters respond to all fires. The change comes after the city faced scrutiny for not fighting fires at homes where the owner failed to pay the fee. City commissioners voted three to two Thursday night to approve the ordinance.
Murray Police are investigating the cause of a fire at the Bee Creek Soccer Complex Monday night. Calloway County Fire officials say the fire destroyed the complex’s concession and storage building. They believe the fire was not accidental. The blaze destroyed approximately 50,000 dollars worth of equipment. Murray Soccer Association President Steve Wilhelm says despite the damages the program will stay on schedule. Registration for the spring season begins February 11 at the Chamber of Commerce.