LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After a devastating blaze engulfed Whiskey Row in smoke Monday afternoon, it was unclear exactly how much fire was inside the structure. Fire crews began battling the flames around 4:30 p.m. and said they anticipated being on scene through the night. 

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer appeared on scene briefly to speak about the buildings, which had been undergoing renovations in recent weeks. 

He began by commending fire crews for their quick work and noting that the city was fortunate no one was seriously hurt or killed in the fire.

“It’s unusual to have this kind of close media coverage where we can see our firefighters getting after it the way they did,” he said.

Mayor Fischer praised Louisville Fire and Rescue for the work they did on keeping the fire from spreading.

“I tip my hat to Louisville fire,” Mayor Fischer said. “They are working on preserving the facades as well, so to have that kind of response but the subtly to be able to work on preserving the buildings.”

He later tweeted: "From most indications, we will be able to save the facades of Whiskey Row, a victory thanks to firefighters."

Fischer explained all the work that has gone into preserving Whiskey Row and renovating the buildings in recent years.

“People that were involved with this, they’ve faced tougher challenges than this,” Fischer said.

“Whiskey row in my mind is one of the great blocks in all of America,” Fischer added. “We’ll reach the grandeur that we had in mind, it might take a little bit longer, but we’ll get there.”

“Nobody was killed, we will recover, our city certainly will as well,” he said.

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