MT. EDEN, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Mt. Eden Fire department is moving back in, exactly one year after a fire burned their station to the ground. The department is moving into their brand new home, built on the same spot.
"We want to let the community know we are here, we are back," Mt. Eden Fire Lt. John Butler said.
The new building is built on the same spot, but includes improvements to the training room, kitchen, and storage areas.
For many on the fire department, the memories of 2014's fire are still fresh.
"I stood right there and called it in. I said hey Mt. Eden fire department is on fire," Captain Harold Herndon said.
"When the tones went off and the pager went off that morning, it took me a minute and I've heard several other people say what did they just say? What did they just dispatch," Lt. Butler said.
The department's 25 volunteer firefighters could only stand by and watch other departments put out the blaze because all of their firefighting equipment was burning inside. Herndon--a Mt. Eden firefighter for 40 years--was the one to call it in.
"I mean there was nothing you could do, everything was in here that we worked with so it was burning up, you had to just stand there and watch it and that was probably the hardest part of all," Herndon said.
The Mt. Eden Fire Department said they are ready and excited to move past this rough year and get to work serving the community in their new firehouse.
"To stand here a year later inside this building I never would have thought it would have been like this. Just after that much devastation to us, we were at a loss both with our equipment and the building but with each other we didn't know what we were going to do, what the future held but here we are a year later and we couldn't be any happier," Butler said.
"Our son which is the chief said, dad I know it bothers you, but we're probably going to come out real good. Well I didn't believe that for a while but now yes I think we've come out good, really good," Herndon said.