Elliott Co. EMS building damaged in overnight fire

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SANDY HOOK, Ky. (WKYT) - The EMS building in Elliott County is significantly damaged following an overnight fire.

Firefighters say the fire started sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. They battled that fire for more than two hours.

About five or six workers, including dispatchers and EMS personnel, were inside when the fire started but made it out safely.

One firefighter went to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and exhaustion, but is expected to be ok.

Crews were able to move three ambulances before they were damaged. Other equipment, like computers and phones, were not so fortunate, and Elliott County's emergency management director says the building is a loss

For now, dispatchers are working out of the county garage. First responders say they have a great deal of work ahead of them.

"It's going to be tough. They're going to have to reorganize, find another temporary housing for our ambulance service and our dispatch at this time," Michael Dickerson, Deputy Chief, Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue, said.

At this time, it's not clear how the fire started. The county's emergency management director says the phone company is installing new lines Monday afternoon, and emergency service coverage for residents will not be impacted.

"We can take sick people to the hospital. We can answer those emergency calls, but it's the admin things that we deal with... the loss of paperwork, equipment, computers... that makes it harder," said Elliott County Emergency Management Director Jim Skaggs.

Emergency management agencies from surrounding counties have offered equipment and personnel to help Elliott County if the need arises.

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