Historic Bullitt County building destroyed in fire - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Historic Bullitt County building destroyed in fire

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Investigators in Bullitt Co. are trying to determine what started a fire that destroyed a local landmark

The property has been everything from a flea market to a bar to a church. As you can see, there's not much of anything left.

Late Friday afternoon, Paul and Jean Shepherd got their first look at what remained after the fire.

Since March they've operated the Log Cabin Gospel Jubilee in the historic log cabin built in the early 1900s. Now, they've lost everything, including Paul's prize guitar.

"Last night was the last night of our revival, and he played that guitar. It was so beautiful. And I didn't realize it was the last time I got to hear him play that guitar," said Jean.

"It's a good atmosphere. People loved coming here. When people come, they want to come back and they tell their friends, and it was building. But now it's over and it's hard, you know," said Paul.

The fire started at around 9 a.m. Some 50 units from several departments responded. Investigators say the fire started on the floor of an auto repair shop and spread quickly. It took several hours to control

"We got water established and we felt pretty good about it after that, but it was just a stubborn fire." said Zoneton Fire Chief Rob Orkies. 

Two firefighters were hospitalized because of the heat and smoke. One man inside the auto shop when the fire started had minor burns but did not go to the hospital.

Neighbors say it's sad to see the historic log cabin go up in flames.

"It was a good place to come and sit down, relax and you could hear some good music," said J.R.Stascko.

The fire actually involved three buildings. A nearby auction house was untouched and is still open for business.

The Shepherds say they have no insurance and are unsure of what they'll do next.

"We serve a living God, and our trust is in Him. And I know that He can bring something good out of this," said Jean.

The owner of the auto repair shop did not want to talk on camera. He says he's still shell-shocked by what happened here. The same can be said for anyone who appreciated this small slice of Bullitt County history.

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