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‘I think I’m still in shock’: Fire destroys event space in Cynthiana

Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 5:47 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - An event center in Harrison County was destroyed by an early morning fire.

The Elks Lodge off of US 62 went up in flames around 1:30 Tuesday morning. Officials say nobody was hurt but the building is a complete loss.

“We built this building 28 years ago and it’s served us well and it’s just hard for everyone to believe that it’s in ashes now,” Elk Lodge Exalted Ruler Stephen Anderson said.

It’s a shocking site for many members of the Cynthiana community. The early morning fire turned what used to be a centerpiece for many lives into a pile of ashes.

“I think I’m still in shock. It’s just hard to believe it’s gone,” Anderson said.

Anderson said it’s like losing a family member to him.

Fire officials say they were called out around 1:30in the morning and by that point the building was fully engulfed.

Anderson says they’d like to see if anything is salvageable.

“See if we can recover anything, but it’s probably going to be a couple days before they even let us in because it’s still burning,” Anderson said.

And as smoke continued to billow from the remnants of the lodge building we continued to see more and more community members come out to have a look for themselves. Anderson said the lodge has been here since 1898 and it’s played a key role in the community ever since then.

“The lodge is about 450 members so when you’re a small town like Cynthiana and you have 450 members in your lodge, you end up touching everybody in town,” Anderson said.

Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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