Fire breaks out at Wendell Ford Airport hangar in Perry County

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PERRY CO., Ky. (WYMT) - A fire broke out Thursday afternoon at one of the hangars at the Wendell Ford Airport.

Firefighters got the call about the fire around 2:00 p.m. and quickly put out the fire.

"Saw smoke when I was coming up the hill and National Guard helicopters had gotten fuel here at the airport, flew over, and saw it on fire," said William Fields, who stores vehicles in the hangar. "I pulled up and the gentleman who owns the airport was already down here. We called 911 and waited on the firetrucks."

Fields has been flying and driving antique planes, cars and motorcycles for almost 20 years. He says it is a hobby he shares with his family.

"A pit in the stomach. A pit in the stomach, quite simply," Fields said as he talked about seeing the fire. "At first, I thought it was something being burned out in the field behind the hangar. Then I saw it billowing out the roof eaves."

Fields says there is extensive damage to the two planes, two cars and five motorcycles stored in the hangar.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but firefighters say heat and humidity may have made things worse.

"Could be heat. There's a lot of (spontaneous) combustion. But this time of year, you have a lot of heat and humidity, you know, that kind of makes things bad like that," said Grapevine Chavies Firefighter Bill Martin.

Fields says he is at least thankful no one was hurt in the fire. He says he is not going to give up his hobby and passion that he shares with his family, and will try to salvage and rebuild anything that can be saved.

Kentucky State Police is continuing to investigate the fire.

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