Road reopened after early morning fire in Johnson County

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Published: May. 3, 2022 at 5:36 AM EDT|Updated: May. 3, 2022 at 6:25 AM EDT
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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Update: Officials with Emergency Management said the fire department left the scene Tuesday afternoon and the road should be open again.

Update: With the buildings so close together, working to extinguish the flames and keep it contained was the primary focus through the night, according to responding officials. There are still issues extinguishing the fire in the building, but crews are still on site.

“Older buildings like this, we have the challenge of several roofs being on it. And that is one of our challenges here. We had trouble getting in between the roofs and extinguishing the fire. We had a lot of help from W.R. Castle Fire Dept. They came and gave us mutual aid. We appreciate them,” said Paintsville Fire Chief Edgar Pack, Jr.

Crews do not believe anyone was inside of the building, but they cannot be sure until everything is extinguished, and they have time to investigate.

“And everything went pretty well in lieu of everything we have faced,” Pack said. “We were very fortunate to be able to save the structure beside of it.”

The building next door- a psychologist’s office- now has a lot of smoke and water damage, but the department is still working to work to keep it free of flames.

Main Street will likely be closed for several more hours as they work to do so.

Original: Fire crews are on the scene of an apartment fire in Paintsville.

Johnson County Emergency Management Director Gary McClure tells WYMT the fire was reported around 2 a.m.

The apartment is located at 417 Main Street.

We’re told two departments responded and Main Street will be closed from Court to Church Street until further notice.

McClure tells us no injuries have been reported.

We will keep you updated.

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