Fire destroys 79-year-old Perryville business

PERRYVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ)- An early morning fire Tuesday has destroyed a 79-year-old Perryville business.

Mike Wilder from Boyle County Emergency Management says around 5 a.m. a passerby saw smoke and called 911.

A crowd watching firefighters put out hot spots thought lightning could have hit it. Firefighters aren’t sure yet what caused the fire.

Several people say the building had been in town since 1939.

“Everybody just goes over there and gets their tires fixed. Small town. Everybody goes over there, talks, hangs out,” Sam Edmiston said.

Edmiston says he knows the owner and feels bad for him. Firefighters were able to recover his safe from the garage, but not much else.

“Just terribly bad, you know? This has been here for so long. It’s history. That’s part of our history that’s gone,” Mayor Anne Sleet said.

“Just kind of a one stop shop if you will for a small town. It’s the only one here actually in Perryville…vital to us getting along,” Wilder said.

He says now people will have to go ten miles to Danville for car work.

“We don’t have that many businesses here in town and this means another business gone,” Mayor Sleet said.

A major Boyle County road, Highway 150, was blocked for parts of Tuesday as firefighters put out the flames.

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