New beginnings for fire victims and the burned building

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

A fire at the old Hazard High School left 17 families homeless and empty-handed just six weeks ago.

Many people in the community pulled together to help those who lost everything.

Now, the owner wants help to restore the historic building.

New beginnings are in store for those affected by the fire that ripped through the Eblen Apartment Building, which was once Hazard High School.

"Things are looking great," said Micheal Gabbard, who is one of the fire victims.

"It meant a whole lot for a lot of people, so hopefully we can keep it again," said Ismail Camur, the owner of the building.

The building holds high school memories for many people and recently housed 17 families.

"It was really heartbreaking, really heartbreaking. But like I said, I think it will come back alive again hopefully," said Camur.

That fire might have destroyed most of the building leaving people homeless, but it brought the community together.

"I don't know what we would have done if it hadn't been for people's help. I really don't," said Gabbard.

The owner says he wants to hold onto this historic building and its memories for the people in Hazard.

"I am the owner right now, but that's not going to happen forever. Someday I will leave and this building is going to stay right here," said Camur.

Rebuilding is the owner's goal which he says is possible.

The owner says getting help and support from the community is the first step in restoring the building that means a great deal to a lot of people.

"There's so many steps we have to go through. Let's first get a permit, make a plan, and see what's going to happen," said Camur.

Until then, he will continue picking up the pieces of what that fire left behind.

Fire officials say arson has still not been ruled out as the cause of that fire.

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