Firefighter injured in blaze recovering
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An Eddyville firefighter is recuperating at home after he was injured last Wednesday when a burning tree limb struck him in the head.

Randy Reed was taken to Caldwell County Medical Center and then flown to Deaconess Hospital, said Eddyville Fire Chief Josh Schnek. He sustained head injuries and a fractured vertebra and burns on the left side of his body.

Schnek said Monday that Reed came home from the hospital Saturday and is in good spirits though he will have to wear a neck brace until the vertebra heals. He said the burns on Reed's left arm, chest and back are second-degree and have begun to heal.

A fightfighter stayed with Reed at the hospital, Sheriff Kent Murphy reported to the Lyon County Fiscal Court on Thursday.

Kentucky State Police said two juveniles were located at the scene and were taken into custody on arson charges.

One juvenile was charged with first-degree arson, and the other was charged with complicity to first-degree arson, the report said.

Schnek said his department was called to the scene on Chestnut Street about 1:10 p.m. last Wednesday. But the vacant mobile home, two outbuildings and a wooded area behind them were engulfed when firefighters arrived, he said.

Schnek said about 25 firefighters from Eddyville, Kuttawa, Princeton and Fredonia fire departments fought the blaze for about 1 1/2 hours before bringing it under control. The firefighters were assisted by the Lyon and Caldwell Emergency Medical Services, Lyon Search and Rescue Squad, Eddyville Police, Lyon County Sheriff and Kentucky State Police.

Schnek expressed appreciation for their assistance and to Ryan White of Grady White Construction Co., who brought in a trackhoe to knock down trees still burning Wednesday night.

"We called him about 8:30 and he loaded up a trackhoe and came and knocked down the standing trees that were on fire," the fire chief said. "That was a big help. There was no way we could have cut all those trees."

Trooper First Class Lewie Dodd, state Fire Marshal Bill Compton and arson investigator Rick Godsey are investigating the blaze.
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