LIBERTY — A fire early Thursday morning leveled a Liberty business that produces bedding for horses from wood shavings.
The main building of Bluegrass Shavings at 1291 Ky. 70 just outside the city limits was fully engulfed in flames when the fire was reported about 5:40 a.m. The kiln-dried shavings provided fuel for the fire to spread quickly and burn intensely, Liberty Fire Chief Donnie Wilson said.
“They take all the moisture out of the wood, and that makes it just like kindling,” Wilson said. “It took us about three minutes to get there, and part of the roof had already fallen in.”
Clay Hoskins, part owner and manager of the business, said three employees were at the plant when the fire started in a large semi trailer that was parked inside as it was being loaded with shavings.
One of the employees saw a flash inside the trailer and attempted to drive the truck outside, but the fire already had grown so intense the plan was abandoned, Hoskins said.