Wednesday, 30 April 2014 15:55

Madisonville, KY, Shop Fire Claims 27-Year-Old Business

A large part of a Madisonville, KY, body shop business went up in flames late the night of March 25, 2014. Madisonville fire crews responded just before 10:00 p.m. to reports of a large fire at Hawkins Auto Body Shop at 77 Bassett Avenue, which was showing flames from outside the structure. According to the fire department's report, a 360 survey was performed by an officer who determined that the heaviest fire was located within the structure near the entry door and was moving into the attic area. A fire crew was directed to force entry through the door. Another crew entered the structure and found fire in the restroom area located just inside the entry door. As fire extended into the attic and vented the roof, all interior crews were evacuated. Fire crews were able to re-enter the structure with hand lines to extinguish hot spots located in the attic area. An extensive overhaul of the fire area was performed to prevent a rekindle. Fire units determined that the origin of the fire was in the restroom area. Property owner, Dale Hawkins, reported that a trash can was located in the area were Madisonville Fire Department determined the fire had possibly started. The fire remains under investigation.