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Arson suspected in fire that damaged fire chief's home

A central Kentucky fire chief found himself on the other side of an emergency, after his house went up in flames.

The fire broke out Thanksgiving morning, at a home on Railroad Street, in the Gravel Switch community of Marion County.

Fire Chief Larry Vaughn ended up losing everything. He and his family were at a relative's house in another county, when they got the call about the fire.

"I've always been the one to help somebody. I didn't know it was going to be turned around so I needed help," said Chief Vaughn.

The family lost 2 dogs and a cat in the fire, in addition to most of their belongings. Firefighters were only able to save a few personal items.

"If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't have saved what we got. The main thing is nobody got hurt," said Vaughn.

Chief Vaughn says he's leaning on his fellow firefighters during this difficult time. Some of those firefighters are planning a benefit to help the family get back on their feet.

Late Thursday night, investigators said they suspected arson was the cause of the fire.


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