HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) — Authorities are calling an early morning fire the largest structure fire in the last decade in the City of Henderson. The fire happened at the Weaverton Apartment complex, the site of the old Weaverton High School off Atkinson Street.
“We had several occupants that were still inside the building upon arrival,” said Assistant Chief Chad Moore.
Fire crews responded to the call just before 1 a.m. where they say the second floor was engulfed in flames.
“All crews went into what we call a primary search. We had crews searching, knocking down doors trying to get people out as quickly as possible. The first floor was unaffected really, it was basically just smoke and residual heat from the fire on the second floor. The second floor had heavy fire and then the roof collapsed onto the second floor also,” said Moore.
“It upset everybody out here,” said Larry Brooks.
Brooks lives across the street and said the smell of smoke was so strong he thought it was his own home that was on fire.
“I jumped up and looked all around and I saw all the firetrucks right outside of my door. They were backed up all the way to the building, it looked like every firetruck they had in Henderson. I couldn’t believe how high the flames were shooting,” said Brooks.
As the investigation into the fire continues, Brooks says he’s thankful nobody was hurt.
“There were children over there. You know you can always replace those buildings and everything but I hate to see people put out on a rainy night like that with no place to go. That’s what I thought was bad about it,” said Brooks.
Officials say the building is a total loss and they aren’t sure how many people were displaced.