Richmond business owners look at damage left from fire

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Condemned signs have now been posted on two of the businesses ravaged by fire in downtown Richmond.

Business owners on a stretch of Main Street say a nearby apartment fire could have been much worse, but some were luckier than others. The owner of Emmons and Puckett, which is right next to the building where the fire started, let us in to see some of the damage.

The smell of smoke now fills the upstairs and the back deck is destroyed, but the fire stopped right at the back door. While that business has plenty of clean up ahead, MexiHollywood now has a condemned sign on its front door, as well as the antique store next to it.

Despite the losses, business owners thank the firefighters who kept the flames from spreading.

"We've seen in Nicholasville and other communities around Kentucky where we've had tragic fires like this and they've lost entire blocks or multiple buildings," says Dale Emmons, who owns one of the businesses damaged by fire. "We're just glad that didn't happen in Richmond yesterday."

Kentucky State Police Arson Investigators will be back out at the scene Wednesday to try and determine a cause.

At this time, firefighters do not believe the fire is suspicious.

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