Independence fire destroys vacant log cabin

Published: Nov. 18, 2015 at 8:20 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2015 at 2:47 PM EST
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This log cabin burned down early Wednesday. (Photo provided by Independence resident Christina...
This log cabin burned down early Wednesday. (Photo provided by Independence resident Christina Releford Mai)

INDEPENDENCE, KY (FOX19) - Fire destroyed a vacant log cabin overnight, firefighters said.

No one was hurt when flames swept through the cabin in the 900 block of Stephens Road near Oliver Road just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, firefighters said.

Crews said they struggled to get enough water to extinguish the blaze. The cabin is located on top of a hill with only one nearby hydrant.

Some brush also caught on fire, so crews also had to make sure flames didn't spread to trees.

Extra tankers were brought in to help.

Firefighters remained on scene overnight investigating the cause and monitoring hot spots.

They asked for additional units to respond to the scene just before 4 a.m., a Kenton County dispatcher confirmed.

All crews cleared the area by 6 a.m.

A damage estimate was not available.

The Kenton County Arson Task Force is investigating the cause, which is customary in residential fires, especially ones in vacant buildings, said Independence Fire Captain Scott Breeze.

When fire crews first arrived at the scene, he said, the driveway was blocked by a chain put up likely to keep trespassers out, he said.

Police removed the chain so firefighters could gain access to the property, he added.

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