ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The fire burned for hours Wednesday night at Monster Rings on Cable Court in Anderson County. Firefighters worked to put out the fire but at the time they were met with several different challenges.
"The heat wasn't that bad but the humidity, the weight of our gear and the acitivities that we're doing (were bad). We were having to rotate crews fairly regularly," explained Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes.
Even more challenging was what was waiting for fire crews inside the building; materials used to build wrestling and boxing rings, MMA cages, and other workout equipment, much of which is highly flamable.
With the fire out, investigators are finally able to search inside the building and they now face a new challenge.
"Now that the building is cleared out of smoke and cooled down, myself and the investigators are out here going through the building to see if we can determine a point of origin and possibly a cause for the fire," explained the Chief.
However, this won't be an easy task.
"This building, here, is 11,000-square-feet," started Chief Barnes, "there's a lot of welding and metal fabrication equipment inside, and so each piece has to be evaluated and excluded as a possibility for the cause of the fire."
Chief Barnes did bring in the help of a state arson investigator but he said that doesn't mean there is anything suspicious.
"Having an arson investigator here is not an indication of a bad act or anything," said the Chief, adding they are there to help determine the cause and where it likely started.
While the business is destroyed, the owner is determined to pick up and move forward.
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