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Mar 8, 2013 6:14 AM

Downtown Shelbyville Building Still Smoldering

Fire continued to smolder under the rubble of a Shelbyville building that burned and collapsed Tuesday.

The five-alarm fire destroyed a popular Mexican restaurant, a counseling center and several upstairs apartments. The collapse also damaged neighboring buildings. Bulldozers began clearing rubble along the downtown strip, as firefighters kept a close eye on hot spots.

Jim Reynolds owned the buildings next to the Fiesta Mexicana restaurant.

"I didn't have a whole lot of insurance on the buildings up there. I've had them for 30 years, he said.

Reynolds owned the buildings that used to be listed at 612 Main and 614 Main. He recently sold 616 Main, a vacant building under renovation, to Fiesta Mexicana. The restaurant, popular with locals, was located at 614 Main and planned to expand.

"When that wall collapsed and fell on top of it, just icing on the cake. All gone. All gone," he said. "The Mexican restaurant wants to rebuild so we may move on with our lives and let them take over here."

Creative Spirits Counseling was located at 612 Main Street.

"We just did a rehab for a drug and alcohol center that moved in and spent $50,000 to get her set up and moved in. She lost everything she had," Reynolds said.

Inspectors will check out the damaged buildings and determined which can remain standing.

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