GREENVILLE, Ky (WEHT) – Crews responded to the scene of a fire that damaged two downtown buildings Thursday morning.

It happened just before 3 a.m. in the 100 block of East Main Cross St in Greenville. Officials say the fire spread to the upstairs of the Corner Piece Cafe.

Main St at Main Cross has been shut down while crews from five fire departments work to put out the blaze.

“When I got here, about 3:00-3:30, there was, maybe one or two trucks on scene, it was a huge fire coming out the top,” said Ben Duvall, who owns Sip and Spin on Main Street near the fire scene. He heard about the fire after his step sister called.

“Within, I don’t know, maybe two hours, we thought they had it under control, what seemed under control, white smoke and no visible flames, and from there, it got worse and worse until it totally engulfed the neighboring building and collapsed the roof beside it,” he recalled.

Authorities say the fire started in one of the three-story buildings, then spread to the other one. No injuries have been reported. One building had the Corner Piece Cafe on its ground floor, but Greenville Police say other parts of both buildings were empty. Residents say the building right at the intersection was built in the late 19th century. Firefighters from Hartford, Madisonville, and Owensboro brought their ladder trucks to help extinguish the flames.

“They have ladder trucks. We have a couple of ladder trucks here in the country. And we called other counties for mutual aid,” said Sgt. Wes Miller of Greenville Police Dept.

Once the fire was out, business owners in the two affected buildings, and other neighboring ones rushed to get what they could out.

“We just decided to get everything out while we can,” said Reagan Shearon, who runs Mustang Nutrition.
State fire marshals were on scene as part of the investigation. Excavators started tearing down both buildings just before noon.

The cafe’s owner posted on Facebook that first responders did everything they could to save her business and the building, but unfortunately, they were not able to.

Anyone who normally goes through Greenville is asked to avoid the area. Main St is expected to be closed until further notice.

(This story was originally published on April 7, 2022)