May 16, 2012 4:56 AM
A historic country store in Grant County went up in flames Tuesday night.
Allen's Country store sits in the heart of Corinth at the corner of US-25 and KY-300, just a few miles off I-75. Witnesses saw flames and heavy black smoke coming from the building and called 911. Firefighters say they think the blaze started downstairs in the back of the building and burned up into the attic. Fire department crews from Scott County, Williamstown and Owen County also responded to help fight the fire.
"With the lack of water we have in the area, it was pretty much a battle to keep up with the water and get it all the way out," Corinth Fire Department chief Lonnie Kuhn said.
Two firefighters suffered injuries, and were treated at local hospitals and released. One strained his back, and the other was treated for smoke inhalation.
The building was a complete loss.
A woman lived in an apartment above the fire and reportedly lost pretty much everything. The Red Cross is offering the woman assistance.
Allen's Country Store was a fixture in Corinth. The building was nearly 150 years old. It was the type of place where everybody in town showed up at some point. The store featured a little bit of everything, including pizza, movies, hardware and a deli.
"No more pizza. No more grocery store. My grandson started crying," Sue Hillman said.
Officials say fire investigators will return to the scene Wednesday to try to determine the cause of the fire.