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SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Fire and demolition crews are still on scene half a day after an early morning blaze sent four historic buildings in Shelbyville up in flames.
Fire crews have been working all day to contain the blaze as the demolition crews tried to clear the debris. The site has re-ignited several times. Looking at this rubble, some might call it amazing that no one was injured after the blaze broke out.
There were at least three people inside, according to fire officials. Though many have lost a lot, they say they're thankful their belongings can eventually be replaced.
Around 4:30 this morning, neighbors awoke to smoke and the shrill beeping of smoke detectors. The fire broke out in the first floor of Fiesta Mexicana in downtown historic Shelbyville, eventually leading to the collapse of nearby buildings.
Jimmy Reynolds has owned three of the four buildings destroyed: "Just in a matter of minutes, in the blink of an eye, it's gone," he said. Those who lived in two apartments say it's a miracle everyone got out.
Fire victim Larry Snider said, "You lose everything. I mean I don't know what to tell you, it's hard."
While Reynolds did not live there, he says the area was close to him: "It's kinda heartbreaking -- thirty years of my life. Working on, it, putting it together." With only partial insurance coverage, he is not sure what is going to happen. "A lot of personal attachment," he says. "Just really been here a long time. It's kind of heartfelt when you see it all go up.
Surprisingly, he says he is lucky: "But nobody got hurt. This is all materials. It can be replaced. Life goes on.
Demolition crews say it will take around three to four days to get rid of the four buildings destroyed. Fire officials say a fire wall at the nearby computer repair shop helped stop the blaze from taking down the whole block of buildings, which some say have been around since the early 1900s. The Red Cross has helped at least four people displaced from the fire.