Fire damages McLean County Senior Services building

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CALHOUN, Ky. (WEHT) – A fire has destroyed the McLean County Senior Services building in Calhoun.

The McLean County Senior Services facility caught fire early Wednesday morning, according to the judge-executive.

Judge-Executive Curtis Dame said a call reporting the fire came in before 1:00 a.m. Wednesday. Dame says nearly everything inside is destroyed. The only thing salvages was a transportation van.

Crews are pushing walls down on the site for safety purposes.

Pictures show the response and the damage to the building on Highway 136 just off of Main Street.

The Senior Services building here on Walnut Street has been where events were held and memories were made. But now, they have to rebuild it after a fire destroyed it overnight.

“We’re just all sort of numb about the fact of losing our big building here,” said Scott Settle, Director of the McLean Co. Senior Services.

County officials say no injuries were reported.

“My wife was coming out, making sure our Christmas lights were off, and the blaze from across the street caught her attention, and she yelled, so we came out and just found the place getting engulfed,” recalled Keith Sage, who lives across the road from the Senior Services building.

“What are we going to do?” added Bob Guenthner, whose attended events at the building the past few years. “Everything’s been down right now, but was sure looking forward to everything opening back up.”

The center hasn’t held events since the pandemic’s start, but Settle says the center was used for their Meals On Wheels program. His son-in-law, a firefighter, was able to save some items important to senior services, and to him..

“My son-in-law was on the fire department, he went through the office and got the keys to the vans, and he saved the pictures of my grandchildren, got those out for me,” he recalled.

Dame says the armory in Livermore will be used as a temporary home for senior services and the Meals On Wheels program while they start the rebuilding process. He also says they’re already getting help from other neighboring counties to help replace the supplies for their program.

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(This story was originally published on December 9, 2020)

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