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Hot spots still popping up in Whiskey Row; most nearby businesses now open

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Main Street will remain closed through at least rush hour Wednesday morning – but businesses are open and ready to serve. Main Street will remain closed through at least rush hour Wednesday morning – but businesses are open and ready to serve.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Hot spots are still flaring up on Louisville's Whiskey Row.

Main Street will remain closed through at least rush hour Wednesday morning – but businesses are open and ready to serve.

After being shut down for more than 24 hours, Doc Crow's is back in business.

Brenda McFadden came out for dinner Tuesday night to celebrate her going away party with friends.  They made reservations before Monday’s fire on Whiskey Row.

"And we heard about the fire and we're like 'oh no, now what', and then we decided to call today and see if we could still get in and they said we could still have our reservations so we decided to come down and support the community," said McFadden.

"Every day hurts when you're not open," said David Riddle, Bar Manager at Me Gusta.  The restaurant is just one of many that was still shut down during Tuesday’s lunch rush.

"Not on Whiskey Row -- not in my 38-years of life have I ever seen a building like that,” said Riddle.  “Like I said we were 200 to 300 yards away  and could still feel the heat."

It took 85 firefighters a few hours to put out that heat from Monday’s three-alarm fire on historic Whiskey Row.

Twelve of them will remain on site through Wednesday watching for hot spots.  Their concern now is that walls and facades may fall.  That's why crews have also increased their collapse zone to behind the building.

"Again the amount of water that's been going on and the fire damage and the anticipation of the storm coming in," said Captain Salvador Melendez with Louisville Fire and Rescue.

Structural engineers will soon survey the damage but they still cannot get inside.  That means an even bigger setback for any future development.

"We had construction plans and drawings ready to be released yesterday (Monday),"said Ron Carmicle with McCall Group, LLC.

Carmicle works with developers who own this property and he says their only option now is to go back to square one.

"And we've done so much work and effort to salvage the buildings and to stabilize the buildings,” said Carmicle, “We also had a design that we were ready to implement and it's just very disappointing that now whatever happens we're back to starting over."

Carmicle hopes the remaining facades can be salvaged.

All businesses are back open on Whiskey Row besides O'Shea’s because the gas isn’t hooked back up.

It hopes to be open in time for lunch on Wednesday.

More: Fire crews battle hot spots, brace for more collapses a day after Whiskey Row blaze began

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