SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A massive fire damaged three businesses and an apartment building in historic downtown Shelbyville.
The fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday at 7th and Street. Hours later, the fire suddenly rekindled.
"As you can tell, this building just collapsed and we're waiting for the other building to collapse and it's pretty upsetting," Andy Sanchez, nephew of the owner of Fiesta Mexicana Restaurant said.
Staff watched helplessly as 12 years of hard work went up in flames. They were renovating and about to expand.
"This time of year and this type of weather is very hazardous for firefighters and luckily no injuries," Chris Spaulding, Assistant Fire Chief of Shelbyville's Fire Department said.
The fire started in a vacant building under the renovations and spread to the Mexican restaurant, Creative Spirits Counseling Center, a thrift shop and an apartment building on the second floor.
Many took shelter from the cold weather inside McKinley's Bread Shop and Deli.
"The alarms went off. Went I turned the light on I started coughing. We could see the smoke get in," resident Mark Caudill said.
Shelbyville's Mayor Thomas Hardesty spent the day encouraging people in the town.
"We hope that the owners of the business can rebuild in the same spots," Mayor Hardesty said.
Standing outside, the McKinley's shared neighborly love inviting fire victims and first responders to enjoy a free warm meal.
"We were happy it wasn't us but were sorry for them that it happened to them. Our prayers go out to them that they can recover," Teresa and Skip McKinley said.
The owner of the Mexican restaurant suspects faulty electrical work started the blaze but the firefighters are still investigating the cause. Click here to view photos from the scene.