Small town Ky. community center goes up in flames



Posted on March 23, 2014 at 7:58 PM

BOSTON, Ky. (WHAS11) – A massive fire ripped through the Boston Community Center in Nelson County late Saturday night.

Firefighters fought the intense blaze for hours at a landmark that’s a hub to this small-town community of 2800 people.

Residents like Brenda Cook who live next door to the center captured the blaze on video.

Terry Troutman is a life-long member of the Boston community and says the center is where many of its residents come together for various reasons.

“It’s a meeting place. People come early and drink coffee and then there’s lunch – some stay ‘til mid afternoon. And that’s just what it is. It’s a gathering place for the people of Boston and it’s known as the center,” Troutman said.

The center sits adjacent to the Boston Volunteer Fire Department and by dawn Sunday morning, charred remains of the center were left behind.

Now the center remains closed for an indefinite amount of time.

“Like I said, it’s not like having your house burn but it’s something I’ve known for a good part of my life,” Troutman said.

Folks here in Boston say the insurance will cover the damage and the walls are strong enough to rebuild.

That’s something they will have to wait for and find out.

The cause of the fire was revealed to have started in the community center’s attic.

The fire remains under investigation.