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3 firefighters hurt while battling blaze in Eminence, residents displaced

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Henry County Helping Hands opened its doors for the families Sunday to provide them with necessities. (Source: Bob Cook) Henry County Helping Hands opened its doors for the families Sunday to provide them with necessities. (Source: Bob Cook)
 EMINENCE, KY (WAVE) - Three firefighters were injured as multiple crews fought an early morning fire in downtown Eminence Sunday.

It happened in the 5000 block of S Main Street. Officials said 16 volunteer firefighters from Eminence were joined by 70 others from six departments to battle the blaze. According to fire crews, it took about 90 minutes to get the flames under control.

Eminence Volunteer Fire Chief Gary Lucas said three firefighters were injured when pressure built up inside the buildings, causing an explosion that knocked them off ladders on the outside of the structure. They suffered minor injuries.

The buildings damaged by the fire are semi-historic. Officials said they will have to be demolished because they are structurally unsound. The buildings were multipurpose, with stores on the lower level and apartments on the upper level.

The families who lived in those apartments were able to get out safely, but were displaced. It is not yet known how much of their property can or cannot be salvaged.

Henry County Helping Hands provided the families with clothing and toiletries Sunday to help them get through this tough time.

At this time, fire officials including the state arson investigator are looking into the cause of the fire, though there is no indication of suspicious activity.

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