FRANKLIN, Ky. (AP) - Firefighters in south-central Kentucky are battling a fire at an abandoned hospital building that city officials had been in the process of trying to demolish.
The fire at the landmark Carter Moore Hospital in downtown Franklin started between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. CDT Wednesday. Police said about seven hours later the fire was still being fought and that they weren't aware of any injuries. Police said 25 people and a dog were evacuated from nearby apartments.
The Daily News (http://bit.ly/OJyNMN ) in Bowling Green reported much of the hospital was built between 1908 and 1912. It sits in the middle of a complex of structures connected by catwalks.
The cause of the fire wasn't immediately known.
Franklin City Manager Kenton Powell said the city has been trying to obtain a $500,000 grant to demolish the building after learning that an interior beam had collapsed.
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