Oldham County YMCA damaged in fire
BUCKNER, Ky. (WAVE) - The Oldham County Family YMCA is closed on Thursday and Friday after the building was damaged in a fire on Wednesday night.
Officials with the Oldham County YMCA, located at 20 Quality Place in Buckner, said damage was sustained to the rear of the building during the fire that started around 6:30 p.m.
Adam Johnson with the YMCA said the chicken coop in the back of the building was severely damaged. He added that all eight chickens died.
Johnson said the chickens were used for educational purposes for children.
“They can learn about what chickens are and how to take care of them,” Johnson said. “During the summer, our kids clubs programs have a regular opportunity to engage with the chickens; feeding them, watering them, collecting eggs. So we take care of them. They were a very important part of our Y day-to-day.”
Multiple fire crews reported to the scene Wednesday night, including LaGrange Fire & Rescue and the Westport Volunteer Fire Department.
The YMCA said everyone was OK after the fire was extinguished.
“We are grateful to the staff, first responders, and members for their response and assistance,” Oldham County Family YMCA said in a post.
The YMCA said it would be closing to clean and restore the facility after being damaged. The extent of the damage is unknown.
Oldham County Family YMCA said the Indoor Arena and its programs and rentals are on schedule for Thursday.
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