ALLEN, Ky. (WYMT) - Eight different fire departments battled a fire at a popular Floyd County motel and restaurant causing officials to close a portion of Highway 1428 in Allen for more than seven hours.
Fire ripped through the family owned and operated Seasons Inn, leaving many in the Allen community devastated.
Employees at the restaurant say this fire is heartbreaking.
Lenora Chaffin says, "I am devastated," Ronnee Reynolds adds, "It is Christmas time, this is our job. I actually stayed here at the apartment last night."
Reynolds says she could not believe what she awoke to around nine Saturday morning.
"I opened my blinds and there was smoke everywhere...this is our livelihood and to see it go down is heartbreaking," explains Reynolds.
Officials say the fire started in the attic area near the main entrance of the restaurant...an area owners say is pretty much all brand new.
Mickey McKinney, father of the current property owner, Chris McKinney, says, "The renovation part that we have done just in the past year on the restaurant part is about half a million dollars and we've added probably eight thousand square feet, we just put a new roof on everything."
Employees say they are not the only ones heartbroken by the destruction left by this fire
Chaffin says, "I think everybody is going to be really really upset." Reynolds says, "This is where people go to unwind after work you know and relax and feel the family atmosphere and now it is not here...so the whole community, us and everybody else is going to be pretty devastated."
The owners say all 23 rooms were occupied at the time of the fire, thankfully everyone did get out safely.
Fire officials say they were able to save most of the motel rooms and apartments, however many did receive smoke and water damage.
The McKinneys say most of the building is a total loss, they are not sure what they will do next as they are waiting to assess the extent of the damage.
This fire does remain under investigation by the Allen Volunteer Fire Department.