Fire Investigation Continues

The cause of a fire is still unknown after it destroyed one apartment and damaged several other apartments and a business.

The fire started Sunday afternoon in an apartment on East Main street near downtown Hazard.

It is one of four apartments that sit above the Kentucky Infant Development Station Incorporated or Kids Incorporated.

Kids Inc. owner Gaylan Good says the apartments are now unlivable and their business suffered water and smoke damage.

He says it will be awhile before they can reopen the doors.

“One thing that is very valuable in this fire was smoke detectors, they alerted all the occupant, all the occupants got out without any problem,” Hazard Fire Chief Sam Stacy said.

Another business that sits below the burned apartment is Less Tax.

The manager says they just had some smoke in their ventilation system that caused them to shut off their power temporarily.

They say the power outage slowed them down with just more than two weeks until taxes are due, but no files or tax forms were damaged.

The Hazard Fire Chief says they know the fire started on a couch in the apartment, but they are working to determine the actual cause.

Good says the tenant was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

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