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Forest fire rips through three Perry Co. buildings, destroys equipment

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

LOST CREEK, Ky. (WYMT) - One eastern Kentucky family is thankful no one was hurt after a fire Thursday burned down three buildings near their home and destroyed thousands of dollars in equipment.

The fire happened on Noble Lane in the Lost Creek community of Perry County.

Forestry officials said the flames that caused the damage came from a nearby forest fire.

Courtney Neace, who owns the burned buildings and lives next to them, said he also lost two ATVs, a lawn mower, an air compressor, welding equipment and other valuables in the fire.

Neace also lost a tool set - a gift from his daughter.

"She bought them for me," Neace said. "And I had a lot of my Dad's stuff, which is dead and gone. Lost it. Old stuff, you know...can't be replaced."

Many of the items Neace lost in the fire have sentimental value.

"Me and my dad were pretty close, and my mom, too," Neace said. "And if you lose their stuff and can't get it back...it just hurts."

Neace said he is thankful no one was hurt and the fire did not spread to his house.

"You just have to thank the Good Lord you have a place to lay your head," he said.

Firefighters told Neace the buildings would smolder for two or three days before the smoke subsides.

Neace said he plans to eventually rebuild.

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