Richardsville VFD Faces Three Fires in 48 Hours

Richardsville Volunteer Fire Department in the past 48 hours responded to three structure fires, two injury wrecks and five medical runs, reports

“Needless to say, our firefighters are pretty well exhausted today,” Deputy Chief Joe Harbin said.

The agency was called at 11:07 p.m. Thursday to a fire at a vacant house at 1329 Whipperwill Trail. The one-story home with a room in the attic had been vacant for four or five years, Harbin said.

“We got on the scene, there was heavy fire coming from the rear of the building,” Harbin said. “We had Richardsville, Gott and Smiths Grove fire departments there. We had total of 20 firefighters on the scene. We were there until 5 a.m. this morning. 

“It’s still under investigation. The state fire marshal’s office was called. It seemed like it started in the rear. There was a covered back porch. When we got there, that porch was burned away. We were able to save a good portion of that structure,” he said.

The fire presented challenges for the firefighters because there was no hydrant for the trucks, which meant firefighters had to shuttle water from the nearest hydrant at Penns Chapel and Anna Sandhill Road – 2 to 3 miles from the fire. One firefighter received a minor ankle injury while battling the blaze.

“We saved a good portion of the structure especially considering the water supply issues and the time of night,” Harbin said.

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