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Historic Shelbyville building goes up in flames

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The fire broke out at one of the oldest buildings in Shelbyville around 10:30 Sunday morning. (Source: Sharon Fleck) The fire broke out at one of the oldest buildings in Shelbyville around 10:30 Sunday morning. (Source: Sharon Fleck)
The building is said to be one of the first homes in Shelby County, dating back nearly 200 years. The building is said to be one of the first homes in Shelby County, dating back nearly 200 years.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Fire broke out at one of the oldest buildings in Shelbyville around 10:30 Sunday morning.

Sharon Fleck grabbed her phone and took video as the flames roared through the building.

"It was engulfed in flames. Flames were coming through the roof," Fleck said.

The building is said to be one of the first homes in Shelby County, dating back nearly 200 years.

"It just breaks our heart because I just wanted to do it for my father," building owner Lucy Kerman said.

She's been renovating it in her father's memory.

"It's been in our family for quite sometime and we were remodeling it because he passed away three years ago and he always wanted to see it redone and to see it brought back to life for the city and because he loved old things," she said.

"It's really devastating because it really connected the family," said Inez Chatham, sister of the longtime owner.

Inez worked in the Ginkgo Tree Gift Shop that used to be inside, named after the famous ginkgo tree that used to be out front.

The fire was so intense it impacted neighboring buildings.

"That was one of our main concerns. We had two structures just feet away and we had very minimal damage to either structure," said Shelbyville Fire Department Capt. Doug Herndon.

It's the second fire in a matter of weeks that's damaged the heart of downtown Shelbyville.

"It was just on the other side of this parking lot here," Fleck said.

A big hole sits where a restaurant and apartments burned in early March, as Shelbyville looks to bounce back once again.

The cause of Sunday's fire remains under investigation. It could be several days before a determination is made if the building will have to come down.

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