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Massive fire destroys historic buildings in downtown North Vernon, Indiana

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A massive fire has destroyed several buildings on 5th Street in the historic downtown district in North Vernon, Indiana. 

Fire crews were still battling flames several hours after the fire was first reported at 5 a.m. Friday. We're told the fire started in a business called Hatton's Carpet. That building was destroyed along with several others on the block. 

Flames and smoke could be seen miles from the fire. The buildings destroyed in the fire were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s and recently underwent an $18 million renovation. 

"Many of these structures date back to ... the late 1800s, early 1900s," said North Vernon Fire Chief Rick McGill. "Much of that history has just been lost." 

We spoke with one man who told us he got his first haircut in one of the buildings 66 years ago. 

Some of the buildings were used as apartments, but all residents were able to escape unharmed; however, four firefighters received minor injuries when they were hit by falling bricks. All four were treated and released from the hospital. 

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