Campbellsville Fire Rescue was dispatched to a report of a working commercial fire at WHI. During initial dispatch, command requested a 2nd alarm and mutual aid response from Columbia and Greensburg Fire Dept.'s.
Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming out all four sides of the 120,000 square foot facility. Firefighters provided an aggressive interior attack on the fire. All workers were accounted for and safetly evacuated. Once fire conditions drastically increased, firefighters switched to an exterior operation for firefighter safety. Additional mutual aid response was requested for ladder truck, tanker and manpower support. Once fire conditions slightly improved, exterior and interior operations worked simultaneously.
Firefighters have remained on scene since the initial alarm and are expected to be at the scene the rest of today. The unreachable areas of the fire is expected to burn over the next 48 hours.
No civilian injuries were reported. No firefighter injuries were reported, however several firefighters personal protective equipment was damaged by heat and flames during the fire attack. The exact cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation. There was major damage to the entire 120,000 facility.
We are very fortunate no employees was injured but we are deeply saddened by the loss of a major manufactoring company that provided jobs to 125 employees in our community. Please be in prayer for everyone affected by this incident. CFR greatly appreciates all the support in the form of food, water and manpower to aid us in this situation. While the names are too numerous to mention, we apperciate all of the community support.
We are extremely grateful for all of our fire department mutual aid partners for their support and speedy response. We had assistance from 13 fire departments, over 100 firefighters and 25 fire apparatus working solidly for over 10 hours. The majority of these departments are 100% volunteer firefighters.
39 CTC Firefighters on scene
CFD Apparatus on scene:
Engine1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Truck 1, Rescue 1, Squad 1, Squad 2, Squad 3 and Chief
TCFD Apparatus on scene:
Engine 60, Engine 62, Engine 63 and Tanker 65
Campbellsville Taylor County EMS
Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Communications Center
Campbellsville Public Works
Kentucky State Police
D & D Towing
White Oil Company
Taylor County Sheriff
Greensburg/Green County Fire
Columbia/Adair County Fire
Larue County Fire
Shephardsville Fire and
On standby in their stations covering specific parts of Taylor County in the event of other calls:
Knifley Fire and
Bradfordsville Fire Dept.'s