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Residents meet to discuss disagreement over fire lines

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Months ago, resident in southern Hopkins County were fighting to get adequate fire coverage in case of an emergency.  

The disagreement over fire lines has actually been going on for years, but on Monday both sides, the South Hopkins Fire Department and the Mannington Fire Department in Christian County met and say they had a productive meeting.

It affects over 200 to 300 homes in Southern Hopkins County around the Nortonville area. In the meeting, both sides looked at redrawing the fire district lines.  

Currently, the homes are in the Mannington Fire District and homeowners say their insurance rates have skyrocketed because that fire department is over five miles away.

Homeonwers also say response times are affected. 

"To hopefully get every homeowner within five road miles of a fire department that will help their insurance rates and hopefully improve public safety. So we're not quite there yet, but we're continuing to negotiate and I think all parties are there in good faith," said Todd P'Pool, Hopkins County Attorney.

"We just want to get into the South Hopkins district. We want to keep our money here in Hopkins County. We also want the protection that we feel like we deserve," said Carolyn Foster, a Nortonville resident.

Both side of the case will meet again in April. Homeowners tell 14 News that it's the closest they've ever been to getting the issue resolved.

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