Crews respond to 2 fires in Henderson Co.

Fires destroyed property of the same man
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Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 5:31 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2022 at 6:46 AM CST
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HENDERSON CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Fire officials are investigating two fires from last night in Henderson. They happened within a half hour of each other, miles apart, and destroyed the belongings of the same man.

It was a bad night for Henderson man Brent Gray.

”Take it all in. Everything’s on fire, everything’s destroyed,” said Gray.

At about 2 a.m. on Thursday night, a friend knocked on Gray’s door and told him a storage building he rents on Vine Street was on fire. He rushed to the scene, and after getting there he got a call from a neighbor telling him his house, miles away on Old Madisonville Road, was on fire too.

Between the two fires he lost almost everything, including a house that was more than just a place to live.

”My mom, she worked her butt off to pay for that house. She died in ‘09, and I took it over. I was going to remodel it and make it look nice,” said Gray. “I guess somebody else had other plans.”

The fire department says the circumstances of the fire are suspicious, and the state fire marshal is helping in the investigation.

”My shop went up, thirty minutes later my house went up,” said Gray. “I mean, that’s gotta be something.”

He lost what was in the storage building; including a car, five jet skis, and more.

”I don’t even remember,” said Gray. “We were in the process of remodeling my house so a lot of the stuff we had in the house we brought up here. Everything’s gone.”

He says this experience has given him a unique perspective on the tornado survivors in western Kentucky, and what it’s like to lose everything

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