Two businesses caught fire in Shelbyville. (Source: Joseph Vance)
SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A five-alarm fire engulfed a historic building causing a portion to collapse in downtown Shelbyville. One person crawled through a window to get out of the building that houses a popular Mexican restaurant, counseling service and two apartments. No injuries were reported.
Brick and mortar crumbled as firefighters doused flames shooting from Fiesta Mexicana and Creative Spirits Counseling. Crews arrived around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
"Someone came from the window and came down," Andy Sanchez said. Sanchez, a co-worker and nephew of the owner, said another employee who lived above the restaurant crawled from a window to escape smoke and flames.
The relentless blaze wouldn't stop. Flames poured from the roof for more than five hours. "It was a hot fire, it was a big fire. This is the first one on Main Street I've ever seen of this magnitude," Shelbyville Fire Assistant Chief Chris Spalding said. "We knew it was going to collapse with the big fire load in it simply because of water weight," Spalding said.
Investigators and the fire marshal will reveal the cause on a later date, but Spalding said the source may be traced to a portion of Fiesta Mexicana under renovation. "We were going to expand it to this side to get a bigger building," Fiesta Mexicana Manager Arturo Dominguez said.
Main Street remained closed until noon. The building where the fire occurred was built in the early 1900s. Fiesta Mexicana has been in the Main Street location for 12 years. The owner plans to rebuild.
The fire reignited Wednesday afternoon around 2:00 pm. Crews battled the fire for about three more hours and cleared the scene.
They were called out a third time around 6:30 pm as the fire once again rekindled.
It could take several weeks before investigators determine a cause.
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