UPDATE: Perry Co. fire leaves dozens without a home

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Officials are still trying to determine what caused an overnight apartment building fire in Perry County.

The old Hazard High School, which is now Eblen Apartments, caught on fire Sunday night around 11:00 p.m. leaving dozens of people without a home for the holidays.

Smoke fills the air, the parking lot is littered with broken glass, and water is still standing in the hallways.

"It's surreal. It don't even seem like, it really hasn't hit me yet," said Michael Gabbard who has lived in Eblen Apartments for more than one year.

He says he heard the fire alarm but told his girlfriend to go back to sleep .

"I heard something bam, bam, bam at the door, and I ran to the door you couldn't see that close to your face in the hallway," said Gabbard.

Hazard Fire Chief Sam Stacy says the fire started on the bottom floor and worked its way to the second and third floors.

He says it could take days until the investigators know the cause of the fire.

The owner of Eblen Apartments she just hopes all of her tenants can find a place to stay.

"I am sure people lost furniture, everything, everything. It is so sad," said owner Daisy Camur.

The Red Cross is providing a temporary place to stay for those who lived at the apartments, but Micheal Gabbard says he is not sure where he is going to live long term.

Everyone is just thankful no one was hurt.

The Hazard, Perry County Service Unit of the Red Cross, along with the Housing Development Alliance and Community Ministries in Hazard are coming together to help the families affected by the fire.

A meeting will be held Tuesday at Hazard City Hall at 1:00 p.m.

Anyone interested can show up to help coordinate a community response.

They are already accepting donations and anyone who wants to send in something can send it to:

Community Ministries
Hazard High Fire Victims
151 Miss Edna Lane
Hazard, Kentucky 41701

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