Cause of fire that destroyed 3 St. Matthews area businesses released

Cause of fire that destroyed 3 St. Matthews area businesses released
Simply Mac, Domino’s Pizza and Scheller’s Fitness and Cycling were destroyed in the fire on June 17 off of Breckinridge Lane.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - One month after a fire destroyed three businesses in the St. Matthews area investigators released the cause of the fire.

Officials said the fire was accidental and caused by a light ballast from a fluorescent light fixture that failed in Simply Mac.

Simply Mac, Domino’s Pizza and Scheller’s Fitness and Cycling were destroyed in the fire on June 17 off of Breckinridge Lane. A Simply Mac employee told WAVE 3 News the fire happened when an employee flipped a switch inside the store. Fire officials said that corroborates with their investigation.

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The stores are boarded up with a fence around the property.

Next door to the burned businesses is the restaurant Green District. They were closed for two weeks because of the damage they suffered. They opened back up July First.

"We had a lot of water damage and fire damage, Green District Manager Brian Waddell said. "We had to get rid of $10,000 worth of food. The employees lost a week to two weeks of pay."

The alley next to Green District is still a mess with fire debris.

Most of Scheller's can be rebuilt. The owner told WAVE 3 News that they hope to eventually be back in the same space. They are planning a temporary store location within St. Matthews, that information has not been released.

No one was injured in the fire.

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