Firefighters save historic building in Goshen

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By Tracy Harris

A historic structure in Goshen remains standing after firefighters responded to a fire there at 7:45 a.m. Thursday.

The house, used as a farm office at the Mason Lane Farm, is about 100 years old. 

Don Dahl, assistant chief at the North Oldham Fire Department, credits an "ad-hoc" sprinkler system for preventing more damage from occurring.

Heat from the fire caused a rupture in the plumbing, which caused a leak that kept the fire in check until it was discovered, Dahl said.

Steve Rutledge, property manager for Mason Lane LLC, spotted smoke coming from the house. NOFD responded within seven minutes, Dahl said, with members of the La Grange, South Oldham and Westport departments responding soon after.

About 30 responders were on-scene, Dahl said, bringing the fire under control within 30 minutes.

Dahl said the building sustained smoke damage throughout and water damage in the basement where the fire originated.

No foul play is suspected. The fire's cause is under investigation by members of the Oldham County Arson Task Force and the Kentucky State Police. There were no injuries.

"Normally 100-year-old structures in rural areas do not survive a fire," Dahl said. "This incident inadvertently underscored the great life and property-saving potential of automatic sprinklers in a resident structure, even though it wasn't equipped with them."