House with rich history heavily damaged by fire in Richmond

The fire on Squires Alley near Maple Street began early Thursday morning

RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – A home with a rich history in Richmond was nearly destroyed by fire early Thursday morning.

Firefighters say the call came in around 6:00 a.m. about a two-story house fully engulfed in flames on Squires Alley near Maple Street.

The fire department says all utilities, such as water and gas, were turned on inside the home, though no one was living in the house.

Richmond Mayor Robert Blythe tells ABC 36 News the house has had vagrancy issues.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  No injuries were reported.

Mayor Blythe says the house was previously owned by the Evans family.  He says Julia Evans was the first Black nurse to work at Pattie A. Clay Hospital in Richmond.  He says she worked in the ‘colored’ section when the hospital was still segregated.  Her husband, John Lewis Evans was well-known for his antique cars, according to the mayor.

 

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