On 07/21/2017 at 0035 hours, the Bardstown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire behind the Wickland Home. When fire crews arrived, the found heavy fire venting out the front window and through the roof. Crews used multiple hand lines to bring the fire under control. Due to the balloon frame and heavy timber construction it took fire crews several hours to get the fire under control. An investigation was conducted and there were two different points of origin which caused the investigator to suspect arson. An arson detection K-9 was brought in from Scott County. The K-9 detected accelerants at numerous spots in the kitchen and deck area. Evidence was collected and taken to the KSP lab for analysis. Bardstown Police conducted the criminal investigation and an arrest was made on 07/22/2017. Fire crews were on scene for about ten and half hours.
On 07/19/2017 at 1327 hours, the Bardstown Fire Department was dispatched for a report of a smoke detector sounding in one of the apartments in the 200 block of Aspen Street. First arriving company could see melting of the blinds and the neighbor advised that a child may still be inside. Crews forced entry and conducted a search and found no one. Crews then attacked the fire. It was later found out that the child was riding bikes with friends. Apparent cause of the fire was from a candle left burning in the bedroom. Crews were on scene for about an hour and twenty minutes.
On 07/17/2017 at 1041 hours, the Bardstown Fire Department was dispatched for a report of smoke in the kitchen in the 100 block of Purcell Ave. First arriving companies reported heavy smoke showing with fire venting out the front window. Crews used an 1 3/4″ hand line to extinguish the fire and conducted extensive overhaul. Five cats perished in the fire. The Fire Marshal investigated the fire and it appeared that the fire started int he laundry room and extended out into the kitchen. The exact cause is undetermined. Crews were on scene for about two and half hours.
On 06/04/2017 at 1837 hours, the Bardstown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a fire next to a dumpster and Tractor Supply. When crews arrived on scene, the found a pile of pallets on fire next to Tractor Supply. Crews extinguished the fire and notified the City Fire Marshal to conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire. Crews were on scene for about a half hour and the fire is still under investigation.
On 06/04/2017 at 1152 hours, the Bardstown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire in the parking lot of Flaget Hospital. When fire crews arrived on scene the owner had extinguished what had appeared to be a small fire under the hood. Crews checked the vehicle for hot spots and were on scene for about a half hour.
On 06/04/2017 at 0945 hours, the Bardstown Fire Department was dispatched to the 700 block of Beechwood Avenue for a reported structure fire fully involved. When crews arrived on scene they found heavy smoke showing from the eaves and roof line of the structure. Crews made entry and found heavy fire in the kitchen area with it extending to the back porch roof. Crews extinguished the fire and conducted salvage and overhaul. An investigation was conducted and was determined that unattended cooking caused the fire on top of the stove top. Crews were on scene for about 2 hours.