Madison County

Authorities investigate fire at Blue Grass Army Depot

Blue Grass Army Depot near Richmond is investigating a fire early Sunday in a building where anti-tank mines are demilitarized.

No one was hurt and the fire was contained in a 15-by-15-foot room in the building known as the "washout facility," said Sam Hudson, public affairs officer for the depot. The building is used to destroy M15 and M21 anti-tank mines, Hudson said.

"The community was not in danger," Hudson said. Workers in the building were evacuated.

The Blue Grass Army Depot Fire Department responded to the blaze, and firefighters from the Richmond and Madison County fire department also responded but did not go within the restricted area, Hudson said. He said a one-mile perimeter was set around the building, which opened in the 1970s.

The chemical weapons stored at the depot were not affected by the fire.

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