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A fire severely damaged a Leitchfield residence on the night of Saturday, March 8.


At approximately 8:13 p.m. on Saturday, the Leitchfield Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 564 Eveleigh Road.


The residence, owned by David Starcher, received severe damage to its basement and extensive smoke damage to its upper floors due to the blaze, according to First Assistant Leitchfield Fire Chief Tim Duvall.


Starcher told firefighters he had been in the garage next to the residence, and when he exited the garage, he noticed heavy smoke billowing from the home and called the LFD, Duvall said.


After arriving on the scene, Leitchfield firefighters worked their way toward the basement of the residence to extinguish the flames, and a large amount of ammunition and black powder caught fire, causing a number of explosions in the basement, Duvall said.


No one was injured as a result of the fire.


Duvall said the basement, the area that received the greatest amount of damage, contained a propane heater, which may have caused the fire; however, the official cause of the blaze is currently undetermined.


Firefighters gained control of the flames after about 15 minutes due to the ammunition and cleared the scene at approximately 10:26 p.m., according to Duvall.


The residence is salvageable; however, to restore it will require a great deal of work, said Duvall.


Vicky Starcher, the current resident of the home, was not at the residence at the time of the fire.


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