Mount Eden Fire House Is A Total Loss, But Flag Still Stands

Mount Eden Fire House Is A Total Loss, But Flag Still Stands

A fire took everything at a volunteer fire station in Shelby County, but an American flag from their training room was not burnt.
Firefighters said the flag in front of what's left of the the Volunteer Fire Station in Mount Eden is flying at half-staff because of the destruction that happened Tuesday morning.

The fire was active for more than an hour and was reported at 5:13 a.m. Firefighters from Shelby and Anderson counties, Shelbyville, East 60 and Simpsonville all responded.

The Shelby County fire house was a total loss and caused more than $1 million in damages.

"You could see the fire coming out each door," said Lieutenant John Butler, Mount Eden Fire and Rescue.

Firefighters said the blaze was in every area of the building when they arrived, and they were unable to salvage any equipment. They said they lost a water tanker that costs at least $200,000 and a fire engine valued around $350,000. They also lost a forestry unit and an EMS SUV.

However, one lone firefighter brought an unscathed American Flag from the rubble. While many firefighters were knocking out hot spots, he stood the flag next to the one flying at half-staff.

"We can rebuild and no one got hurt. This is the best scenario," said Butler.

Shelby and Spencer County Fire Departments, along with Shelbyville, will handle calls in that area until Mount Eden is rebuilt.
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