Fire department to begin charging for services

LOUISVILLE — A suburban fire department in Louisville will begin charging fees this summer to put out most home and business blazes.

The Lyndon fire district will charge the insurance companies of homeowners and businesses as part of a new "cost-recovery" program approved Monday. Lyndon Fire Chief Russell Rakestraw said the fire district had no choice but to impose the fee.

"Unless we're going to drastically reduce our service, we have to do something to increase our income," he said.

Details are still being worked out on how much the district would charge for each type of fire.