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Early Morning Fire Destroys Island Dance Hall

Four departments battled a fire at Island Station for several hours Thursday morning.
UPDATE: An early morning fire destroys a McLean County night spot. It happened at the Island Station Dance Hall just after 3:00 AM.

Island Station's hosted dances, benefits, and community events.

"I had Super Bowl parties and weddings, retirement parties," says Bud Nickells, who runs Island Station. "We've done benefits for the needy, a lot of cancer fundraisers, donations for the Special Olympics."

But the only thing dancing here now are the flames. Livermore Fire Chief Rod Gardner says a passer by noticed smoke coming out of the building around 3:15 AM Thursday. Four departments battled the flames all morning. Gardner says the fire doesn't appear suspicious at this time, but state fire investigators will look into it.

"They kept putting water to it. I heard they ran out of water twice," Nickells says.

He adds the trophies, equipment, and place where his family learned how to dance are gone.

"We kind of caught a hold, and we'd spend all our vacation times learning new dances," he recalls. "A lot of tears. A lot of tears lost this morning."

The Island Station is no more. But Nickells says he'll work to get this star shining again.

"I don't think the dancers are ready to quit and I'm not either," he says.

Nickells says he's looking into building another dance hall at another place in town.

ORIGINAL STORY: Fire crews in McLean County remain on the scene of a fire.

County Fire Chief and Assistant EMA Director, Rod Gardner says a passerby saw smoke coming out of a dance hall on Main Street in Island, Kentucky.

Firefighters arrived around 3:30 Thursday morning.  Gardner says four Mclean County departments and one Daviess County tanker are still on the scene and that He also expects Main and Island near the scene to remain closed for several hours.

No injuries have been reported.
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