SCIENCE HILL, Ky. (WKYT) - After a busy week last week, Morris and Hislope Funeral home did not have any services scheduled for Monday. Whereas there's never a good time for a fire, the director says the timing was all the difference.
Director Quintin McGinnis says he had just stopped by the funeral home and everything appeared fine. But less than a hour later, he received a disturbing phone call from another director.
“Get here quick, the funeral home is on fire.”
That’s what Quintin McGinnis says he was told over the phone Sunday night and when he arrived moments later….
“Flames were shooting out the top of the roof,” he said.
It looked bad but firefighters arrived quickly and contained the fire to the garage area where it started.
“They told us if he (the other director) hadn’t spotted it when he did, it might have been where they couldn’t save the building,” McGinnis said.
Much of what was in the garage could not be saved and water and smoke damaged the floors, ceiling and walls throughout the viewing areas.
“Even though the building caught on fire and we have damage here, I think God worked it out for our best,” he said.
Firefighters told the directors they believe the fire originated in a breaker box. McGinnis says the funeral home can use another part of the building to have services until the damage is repaired.