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Part of downtown Millersburg's historic district on fire

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Posted at 4:04 PM, Jun 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-23 07:44:29-04

MILLERSBURG, Ky. (LEX 18) — Part of downtown Millersburg's historic district caught on fire Wednesday.

The fire happened on the 400 block of Main Street between 3rd and 4th where the post office is located. Firefighters from multiple counties worked to put out the fire.

“Through this unprecedented disaster, Millersburg has become aware of the need for a sustainable and thorough plan to supply water in the event of another such fire event.

While the water supply in the South End Tower was not used up, the water supply resources were pushed too close to limits today.

Millersburg intends to work towards developing and implementing a plan to increase the ability to supply water in a way that ensures the volume necessary, if ever again a fire of this magnitude happens, going forward.” - Mayor Lee Hopkins

The historic downtown area of Millersburg was covered in smoke and damage was done. Three apartment unites were destroyed, but fortunately, everyone made it out safe.

The mayor tells us two of the four that were damaged by the fire had started to collapse in recent years.

"For us it's just trying to accomplish our goal, which is to save as much property as we can, to save lives. And we're gonna keep going. No matter what. They'll be here all night," said Maj. Brent Wilson of Bourbon County Sheriff's Office.

"They brought multiple coolers here and stationed them in different areas on the street, which really helped...especially in the conditions," said Wilson.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Mayor Lee Hopkins said two of the buildings involved had partially collapsed in recent years, but he doesn't believe the condition of those buildings had anything to do with the fire.

The mayor also said water supply resources were pushed too close to their limits Wednesday. He said intends to work toward developing and implementing a plan to increase the ability to supply water in a way that ensures the volume necessary in case a fire of this magnitude ever happens again.

This is a developing story. Stay with LEX 18 for the latest updates.