HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) — Multiple units responded to a large fire at the Simple Rewards Inn at Adams and Washington Streets in Henderson, early Wednesday morning.
Residents were awakened by the fire around 3:00 a.m.
Around a half-dozen units from Robards and Henderson Fire Departments were on the scene.
An hour or so after the fire began, trucks extended their ladders in an attempt to fight the fire from above.
A fireman at the scene was seen taking the names of residents in order to make sure that everyone got out of the building safely. Henderson Fire Chief Scott Foreman said 16 to 18 people are displaced due to the fire.
Henderson Fire said when crews arrived it appeared the fire was on the second floor, spreading throughout that level of the building with a threat of getting in the attic.
Chief Foreman explained water pressure was an issue with hydrants in the immediate area. HFD tapped into hydrants a little further from the building to improve their response.
Two of the people displaced spoke with Eyewitness News at the scene of the fire. The couple explained the emotion of rushing out of their new home when they woke up to smoke.
“We’ve lived here only a couple of days. We were living with his mom. We just moved in. We paid our rent. It’s just crazy because we just don’t have money to go anywhere else. I don’t know what we’re going to do. All of our belongings are in there: our pay cards, our licenses, just everything. Even pictures we can’t replace are in there. I just don’t know what we’re going to do,” said Simple Rewards Inn resident Tammy.
In an act of generosity, one neighbor was seen distributing jackets to residents, many of whom lost all their possessions and escaped only with what they were wearing.
A Henderson Area Rapid Transit bus was at the scene of the fire to provide warmth to the displaced residents.
There is no word on how the fire started, and no reports at this time of any injuries.
This is a developing story, and we’ll keep you updated with the latest information on-air and online.
This story was originally published on November 20, 2019)