Ohio Co. fire department building a complete loss after fire - 14 News, WFIE, Evansville, Henderson, Owensboro

Volunteer fire department building burns down

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A fire destroyed the Dundee Volunteer Fire Department in Ohio County around 7:00 Saturday night.

14 News is told the department has 17 firefighters on its roster.  Many of them gathered on Sunday to show their support for each other and the community.

"Of course, there was nothing we could do. All of our equipment was inside," Fire chief Danny Pogue says.

Chief Pogue says Saturday night's fire was reported by a passerby who saw smoke coming from the building. Nearby fire agencies quickly coming to put the fire out.  

He tells 14 News that the building, which has been home to the department since 1978, is a total loss.

"It was terrible. It was one of the worst days of my life," says Becky Pogue, firefighter and treasurer for the department.

Chief Pogue says the cause of the fire is still under investigation. He says the truck is plugged into a wall outlet to charge equipment like flashlights and cameras on the vehicle.

"I believe that something along those lines malfunctioned inside that truck is what caused this fire," Chief Pogue says.

Fire officials say calls of support from the community have been coming in, many people offering a helping hand.

"Firefighters from other community departments were here and it was just like a brotherhood," said Becky Pogue.

The chief says other departments are stepping in to cover the Dundee community.

But those 14 News talked with have high hopes that the department will soon be up and running again.

"We'll be back in operation. It's just going to take time," Chief Pogue says.

Chief Pogue tells 14 News that state fire officials are still working to determine the official cause of the fire.

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