100 firefighters battle blaze in Bardwell

(Source: Mike Mohundro)
(Source: Mike Mohundro)

BARDWELL, KY (KFVS) - More than 100 firefighters from three counties joined to fight an overnight blaze in Bardwell.

Mayor Philip King said crews were out until about 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning battling the blaze and making sure everything was out.  He said a total of four buildings were completely demolished in the blaze and an additional three buildings were damaged by the fire as well. 

Two of those buildings were demolished Sunday morning bringing the total to six buildings lost.  A seventh building, housing a bar, sustained damage in the rear of the building.

Mayor King says the fire is suspicious and none of the buildings had electric, water or gas.  He says the Fire Marshall is investigating the fire and will be around to look at the scene Monday morning.

The mayor also said the city spent a lot of money inspecting asbestos in the buildings before demolition of the buildings.  These buildings were scheduled to be torn down due to the tornado that hit there last year.

Mayor King says that they plan on rebuilding sometime in the future after cleanup is all taken care of.

Local residents came out to view the damage on Sunday and reflect on the history that is now gone.

"I remember when I was a kid, this whole street was full," said Dennis Pruitt of Bardwell.  "All the businesses were open.  There were parts stores.  This was a thriving little town back in the day."

King says that if anyone knows any information about how this fire may have started or saw anything suspicious to please contact Bardwell Police at 270-628-5415 or Carlisle County Sheriff's Dispatch at 270-628-5420.

The fire started a little after 9 p.m. Saturday, and crews were on scene until the early morning hours Sunday.

When firefighters arrived they were faced with what some called "an inferno."  The fire was so intense it initially destroyed three connected buildings.

The buildings on Front Street were built in the late 1800s or early 1900s which firefighters say made them burn fast and hot.

Mayor Philip King says the buildings were damaged in a tornado last year and were scheduled to be demolished, but the fire will still cost the city.

No one was injured.

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