Multiple fire crews sent to extinguish blazes at Grade Lane liquor store

Updated: Feb. 7, 2021 at 2:14 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Investigators are working to determine what started an early morning fire in a south Louisville liquor store Sunday morning.

According to MetroSafe, calls came in around 6:12 a.m. to a commercial structure fire in the 7300 block of Grade Lane. Multiple fire crews reported to the scene, including Jefferson County, Fairdale, Okolona, Highview, and PRP Fire Departments.

The fire broke out on the second floor of the Kuhl’s Liquor and Deli store, according to fire chief Darrell Roy of the Fairdale Fire Protection District.

“We had heavy smoke. The fire was coming out of the eaves from the second floor on the north side of the building,” Roy said.

Roy said no one was inside the building when the fire began. The difficulties of putting out the fire came from crews unable to get access to the second floor.

“We couldn’t find access to get up to the fire. We knocked the fire down on the ground floor,” Roy said. “We couldn’t get access, and found heavy, heavy fire on the second floor.”

It wasn’t just these issues the crews working here, from numerous departments had to contend with.

The WAVE 3 News Storm Tracking Team says the temperature at the time was 23 degrees, with the wind chill at only 13 degrees.

“The cold is the big thing now,” Roy said. “TARC comes out on stuff like this. We have a TARC bus for everyone to get warm.”

Crews take turns warming up inside the bus, getting themselves and equipment out of elements.

“The guy’s gears and air packs are freezing up because of the ice from the water dripping on them and everything,” Roy said. “We have to take the air packs get them warmed back up and thawed out so that we can go back in.”

He added that this time of year firefighters must take even greater precautions while working because conditions can be even more dangerous.

“It’s dangerous for a couple of reasons, of course hypothermia and the water freezing up,” Roy said. “Everyone is slipping, but we still have to fight the fire and we will be here to do it.”

No injuries were reported due to the fire. Arson investigators are currently working to determine what started the blaze.

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