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Fire report: Dr. Doug Keaton residence totally destroyed by fire

Devastating fire destroyed structure, personal possessions, and irreplaceable books and documents - even Dr. Keaton's PhD manuscripts. Ed Waggener, CM.
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By Donald Hare, Public Information Officer
Adair County Fire Department

The other Adair County Fire Department responded to a fire on Thursday afternoonm October 13, 2016, at 12:05pmCT, at 4330 Fairplay Road, Columbia, KY to the residence of Dr. Doug Keaton.

Upon arrival the house was fully engulfed in flames.

The house and contents were a total loss. There were 13 firefighters on the scene for 2.5 hours.

The cause of fire is still under investigation.

- Donald Hare

This story was posted on 2016-10-14 04:21:14
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Fire completely destroys Doug Keeton residence at Fairplay

2016-10-14 - 4330 Fairplay Road, Columbia, KY. - Photo by Ed Waggener .
The fire which was reported at noon, was still smouldering at 3:11pmCT, after the Adair County Fire Department had arrived, controlled the blaze, and left the scene. The pine trees still stand, as well as a sentry chimney, but that was all. The the burning rumble contained almost all of the personal possessions including his books - even his PhD manuscripts, of Doug Keaton, Energy Instructor at Lindsey Wilson College. The landmark structure on Scenic KY 704, was situated on the highest knoll on an idyllic 12 acre baby farm, once owned by Johnny Begley, then Gary Powell, before Professor Keaton bought it a few years ago. Keaton, his dog Van, neighbors Tim & Jonathan Nuszbaum, and fellow Lindsey Wilson instructor Cindy Clark were left to secure the few items left after the blaze. Prof. Keaton said that the college was providing temporary housing as he sorts out the situation. - ED WAGGENER

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A helping hand when a helping hand is needed

2016-10-14 - 4030 Fairplay Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, (c).
A little after 3pmCT, yesterday, Friday, October 14, 2016, neighbors and friends were still with Doug Keaton following the devastating fire which destroyed his home, most of his personal belongings, books and even his Ph.D manuscripts. Helping at the time of this photo were Van, his golden retriever, fellow Lindsey Wilson Instructor Cindy Clark, and loyal neighbors, all out of frame, and Tim Nuszbaum, above, returning on his four wheeler with moving trailer, to help move what could be salvaged to a more secure location. - Ed Waggener

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