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Man injured in April distillery explosion dies

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MARSHALL COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

One of the men injured in an explosion at a moonshine distillery in Marshall County in April has died.

Kyle Rogers died around 5 p.m. Monday, according to Rogers' uncle David Garland.

A post made on his CaringBridge website by his sister indicated the family chose to have his ventilator removed after consulting with doctors.

Rogers' family released the following statement.

“We are deeply saddened to report that our son, Kyle, passed away last evening. And yet, we take solace in the fact that he is in God's comforting hands and is being greeted by cherished loved ones. We know Kyle is at peace and free of the pain from the last two weeks. We cannot begin to express our thanks for the wonderful and caring medical team at Vanderbilt Hospital and the tremendous outpouring of support from friends and loved ones, especially the family of Jay Rogers who have stood by our side and shared in our prayers. We also would like to thank Spencer Balentine and all of Kyle's colleagues at Silver Trail Distillery. Kyle took so much pride in being a moonshiner, and we are grateful that he was able to work in a profession that he loved so much. It is now our turn to pray for all those who knew and loved Kyle, and to show our thanks through God that we were blessed to call him son, brother and friend for 27 years. He will be with us always.”

-- Rhonda, Don and Allison Rogers

Amanda Powell at Silver Trail Distillery says Jay Rogers is Second Distiller and his assistant and cousin was Kyle Rogers.

They were airlifted to a Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. with severe burns after the explosion and fire at Silver Trail Distillery near Hardin, Kentucky.

According to Kentucky State Fire Marshal's public information officer Dick Brown, the Silver Trail Moonshine Distillery had a catastrophic equipment failure.

The Kentucky Fire Marshal's office is still investigating but the cause at this time is unknown.

Brown says the distillery's insurance company was sending in people to investigate and help determine the cause.

The State Fire Marshal's office will be working with them as well.

KY Highway 402 at Palestine Road intersection near Aurora was shut down for a while Friday while fire crews worked to put out the fire.

At least four fire departments responded to the structure fire. Firefighters from Hardin-South Marshall, Hardin-East Marshall, Fairdealing, and Aurora Ross responded the scene.

Two state fire marshals responded to the scene.

According to Marshall County Emergency Management officials, they are not releasing the owners' names publicly; however, they say the couple and their home nearby the distillery are safe.

Emergency officials say they have a lot to investigate and it could be a while before we learn the cause.

"I just heard a big old boom and I ran outside and it was huge," said Victoria Wallace. "Biggest fire I've ever seen in my life."

"I said, 'my heavens,' and I looked to see if it got the barn," said Janet Harrison, who lives across the street. "I am so thankful the fire crews worked so hard because if it had been closer it could have gotten the barn. I am also thankful the owners are okay. They are great people."

Ken Smith's backyard is next to the distillery property.

"That's the first thing my wife asked me. She said, 'How's the house?'" he said. "We thank the good Lord for those firefighters walking into that fire. You don't know what you're going in to."


The Kentucky Distillers' Association has created that "Lifting Spirits - Jay & Kyle Rogers Support Fund" at CFSB Bank in Benton, Ky. to assist with any medical or necessary expenses. Contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 467 Benton, Ky. 42025.

KDA President Eric Gregory says its 27 members are working to coordinate tastings and other events to raise money for the support fund. Check out www.kybourbon.com and www.kybourbontail.com for more information.

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