Whether it’s pure coincidence or arson, two possible explanations, Sen. Rand Paul’s office was gutted in a fire that broke out in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Friday morning. The fire comes a day after the Kentucky senator referred Dr. Anthony Fauci, former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to the Justice Department for prosecution.
As the sun rose over Bowling Green, its rays filtered through the gray smoke billowing from the roof of the building that contains Paul’s office, the law firm of Kerrick Bachert and Dezign Tees.
BREAKING: The fire department is reportedly at the office of Rand Paul (R-KY) in Bowling Green, Ky., after it caught fire overnight. (story still developing) pic.twitter.com/UVI83A6Haw
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Emergency services arrived at the fire around 1:45 a.m., according to a representative of the Bowling Green Fire Department. Bowling Green Fire Department spokeswoman Katie McKee confirmed that no one was injured in the incident.
A total of nine crews responded to the fire, according to the Bowling Green Daily News. This comprises approximately 31 people. Two deputy chiefs and Bowling Green Fire Chief Justin Brooks were also on scene to oversee the response. Several thick tree branches were removed to allow the Fire Department hose to be routed through the second floor windows. The roof collapsed and there was significant structural damage to the building.
Senator Rand Paul reacted to the fire in a statement to the press.
“We are grateful to the first responders in Bowling Green who arrived quickly on the scene to extinguish the fire and continue to work with authorities to assess the damage and determine a cause. We have a very well-established emergency management plan and we have the ability to continue operations that will not affect our work to help Kentuckians,” Senator Paul said in a statement.
Rand Paul referred Thursday to Dr. Anthony Fauci to be prosecuted, arguing that he clearly lied during his testimony before Congress.
Initially, in 2020, Paul had been willing to give Fauci the benefit of the doubt, considering him a “neutral figure in public health.” However, as the interactions increased, Paul changed his mind, believing the former White House medical adviser to be a “fake” person intent on covering up his initial actions during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Paul cited as further evidence an email that emerged this week, which showed Fauci summarizing a phone conversation from early 2020.
“This is when they’re just starting to investigate the pandemic. And in this email, he basically says, ‘Yes, we suspect this might be a manipulated virus because it came from a lab in Wuhan, where they get functional research,’ and he describes the research,” Paul said.
“Well, that directly contradicts everything he told me at the committee hearing, absolutely denying that they were funding any gain-of-function, and it’s an absolute lie,” he said.
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