Lightning possible cause of Kroger fire

Photo by Dean Manning
Photo by Dean Manning

Kroger on U.S. 25E in Corbin was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after smoke poured through parts of the building.

Corbin firefighters were called to the scene at Corbin Station at 12:16 p.m.

“The caller reported smoke in the building, but someone had called Laurel dispatch reporting a structure fire,” said Larry Jones, a Battalion Chief with the Corbin Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived, approximately 50 people who had evacuated the building, were standing around outside.

One Kroger employee said the situation became crazy when smoke filled up the back of the building and the fire alarm was activated.

No one was injured in the incident.

Jones said firefighters traced the source of the smoke to an air handler that circulates and moves air through the store.

One of the motors had burned out.

“We had some lightening in the area about that time,” said Jones, noting firefighters suspect a lightening strike may have damaged the motor.

The building was reopened about 1:15.

Firefighters were on scene for approximately an hour, working to clear the scene and reset the fire alarm.