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Death Investigation in Owenton, KY
Fire at the Bedford Fire Station #1, One Person Arrested

Date of News Release 02/03/05

Bedford, Kentucky - On February 03, 2005 at 2:20 pm Kentucky State Police 911 Dispatch Center was notified of a fire at the Bedford Fire Station #1 in Bedford, Kentucky. Fire Departments from three surrounding counties were dispatched to assist were the Bedford Fire Department fight the fire. Kentucky State Police Arson Investigator Danny Stivers was also dispatched to the fire to conduct an investigation as to the cause of the fire.

Investigator Stivers interviewed several people in the area and was able to develop a suspect, Adam Blackaby. Investigator Stivers was able to collect enough information to arrest Bedford Firefighter John Adam Blackaby age 21 from Trimble County. Adam Blackaby was charged with one count of Arson 2nd which is a class B-felony and carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison. He was lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center.

The Bedford Fire Station #1 appears to be a total loss according to Investigator Stivers. The Department also lost an ambulance and a fire truck. Several of the departments trucks were driven out of the building before receiving major damage.

The following fire departments assisted the Bedford Fire Department in fighting the fire, Milton Fire Department, Lagrange Fire Department, West Side Fire Department, Campbellsburg Fire Department, New Castle Fire Department as well as Trimble County EMS.

Investigator Stivers was assisted by the State Fire Marshals Office as well as the Trimble County Sheriff Tim Coons.

Bedford Fire Chief Josh Jamiel advised that " The people of Bedford will see no difference in fire protection as they will be operating out of the Bedford Fire Station #2 and have mutual aid agreements with neighboring fire departments for additional support should it be needed. He also added that neighboring departments have donated equipment to replace what was destroyed by the fire."

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