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Apr 28, 2013 9:24 PM

Historical Landmark Destroyed By Fire

It was just weeks away from being finished apartments, but Sunday an important piece of Shelbyville's history lies in ruins after an early morning fire.

"This was one of the oldest landmarks in Shelbyville, probably around 150 to 200 years old," says Captain Doug Herndon with the Shelbyville Fire Department.

But to owner Lucy Chatham Kerman it meant much more. "My father bought it I believe in the year 1956, and prior to that it was built by a dentist and because of that I think my dad always had a love for it," says Chatham Kerman.

When a Doctor Charles E. Chatham passed away 3 years ago, his daughter made him a promise, that she would refinish the home.

"So we bought it, my husband and I bought it and we started working on it and it was just almost done, not too far off, maybe another month and a half," says Chatham Kerman. As she stood out front of the home Sunday, she held tightly to a memoir, which read, "It just says, 'In memory of Doctor Charles E. Chatham gone but not forgotten, although we are apart you are forever in our hearts."

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but Chatham says she did not have electronic running to the house yet.

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