Fire destroys downtown Paintsville buildings
Kentucky Press News Service
Fire in downtown Paintsville overnight displaced at least eight families and destroyed four buildings.
The businesses and buildings lost to the blaze were along Broadway Street, WSAZ reported on its website.
The displayed families lived in apartments above the businesses. Two firefighters received minor injuries, the station reported. Otherwise, there were no other injuries reported.
Firefighters from several departments were on the scene all night.
UPDATE 9/8/15 @ 6:15 a.m.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) — Firefighters are still working to put out the flames from a late night fire that destroyed several businesses and apartments.
Flames can still be seen inside the building, with fire crews trying to ensure the fire does not spread any further.
The Red Cross is now assisting 8 families that lost their homes, offering them money for clothes and paying for hotel rooms for the next few nights. Firefighters say several of the families were also displaced following the massive flooding that pummeled Johnson County in July.
Fire officials tell WSAZ that at four businesses were destroyed along the 600 block of BroadwayStreet.
One side of the building has collapsed, with the fire destroying Castle Roofing and Siding, City Barber Shop, Twice as Nice Thrift Store, and Spare Time Bowling.
There are no significant injuries at this time but a couple of firefighters were treated for minor injuries.
Investigators are looking into what caused the fire.