UPDATE: Displaced Tenants and Business Owners Dealing with Aftermath of Massive Paintsville Fire

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UPDATE 9/8/15 @ 8:30 p.m.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Displaced residents and business owners are dealing with the aftermath of Monday night's massive fire, and firefighters spent much of Tuesday putting out hot spots.

The blaze started just after 8:30 p.m. Monday in a bowling alley and quickly spread to adjacent businesses and an apartment complex in the 600 block of Broadway Street. As many as eight families are being assisted by the Red Cross. Some of the families also were displaced by the July floods in Johnson County, Ky.

Because of safety issues, including rekindles, tenants and business owners haven't been able to get into the building to see if anything's salvageable.

Suzie Lyons, owner of City Barber Shop, got a call from her friend Monday night to tell her about the fire. By the time her friend got to the fire, he wasn't allowed in her barber shop.

"Everything's a total loss, but with the grace of God and my beloved customers, we'll get back," Lyons said.

Kimberly Collins was the last one out of the apartments on the building's second floor.

"Everything that I own is a loss. My money. My purse. I have nothing but what I walked out with," Collins said.

There is no word at this time about how the fire started.



UPDATE 9/8/15 @ 6:15 a.m.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Firefighters are still working to put out the flames from a late night fire that destroyed several businesses and apartments.

Flames can still be seen inside the building, with fire crews trying to ensure the fire does not spread any further.

The Red Cross is now assisting 8 families that lost their homes, offering them money for clothes and paying for hotel rooms for the next few nights. Firefighters say several of the families were also displaced following the massive flooding that pummeled Johnson County in July.

Fire officials tell WSAZ that at four businesses were destroyed along the 600 block of Broadway Street.

One side of the building has collapsed, with the fire destroying Castle Roofing and Siding, City Barber Shop, Twice as Nice Thrift Store, and Spare Time Bowling.

There are no significant injuries at this time but a couple of firefighters were treated for minor injuries.

Investigators are looking into what caused the fire.

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UPDATE 9/7/15 @ 11:55 p.m.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Firefighters from multiple departments remained at the scene late Monday night of a fire that ripped through a bowling alley and spread to a nearby apartment building and other businesses.

While it appears everyone made it out of the fire safely, the damage is extensive. Other businesses impacted include a roofing company and a thrift shop that were part of the same building complex.

A section of the building collapsed about 11 p.m.

Some firefighters at the scene had to be treated for heat exhaustion.

Fire departments at the scene included Paintsville, Prestonsburg, W.R. Castle, Rock House and West Van Lear.

The fire started around 8:30 to 9 p.m. Monday.

The Red Cross was on its way to assist people displaced by the fire.

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ORIGINAL STORY 9/7/15
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Crews are on the scene Monday night of a large fire in downtown Paintsville, first responders tell WSAZ.

It is reported at the Sparetime Bowling Lanes in the 600 block of Broadway Street.

The fire started around 9 p.m. Monday.

Our crew at the scene reports that the fire spread to a nearby apartment building, but its occupants were evacuated. No injuries are reported at this time.

About seven businesses also are reported to be affected by the fire. The overall extent of the damage is unavailable now.

Crews say about 11 p.m., though, that part of the apartment building was about to collapse.

We have a crew at the scene.

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