UPDATED: Community reacts to fire that destroyed skating rink

PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - 4:30pm Update:

Owners are still figuring out the future of Fugate's Skating Center following a fire that destroyed the business Monday morning.

"We received a call about ten after four of a structure fire," said Tony Ford of the Grapevine Chavies Fire Department.

Many called the business a pillar in the community, including Teresa Wollum,

"They just wanted to do something for the community," she said. "A place for the kids to just come and, you know, stay out of trouble, and it was a safe haven for them."

Phillip Hughes grew up going to Fugate's, and so have his children.

"My girls, we have two, nine and ten, and they go there for their birthday parites," Hughes said. "They enjoy skating, and they was crying this morning."

The family has not decided on plans to rebuild, but Wollum remains optimistic.

"We have to rebuild this place," she said. "I don't know what the future is, but it's going to be bright no matter what."

7:45am Update:

An investigation is underway into what caused an overnight fire in Perry County.

It happened around four Monday morning at the skating rink at Fugate's Entertainment Center on Highway 15 just outside Hazard.

Firefighters tell us the building was a loss. We are told there was a home nearby that they were able to save. So far, no word on what might have started the fire.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

Original story:

We are following some breaking news this morning out of Perry County.

Dispatchers tell Mountain News the skating rink at Fugate's Entertainment Center is on fire.

We're told the first reports of the fire came in between 4 and 4:15am.

Crews from several departments are on the scene now.

We have a reporter on the way and will bring you more information as we get it.

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