2 businesses, church heavily damaged in Shepherdsville fire


by Gene Kang


Posted on June 14, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 14 at 1:09 PM

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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) --Three buildings have severe fire and smoke damage after a blaze broke out around 9 a.m. Friday at a building just off Interstate 65 in Shepherdsville.

It happened at the former Rountree Flea Market on the 2300 block of Preston Highway in Bullitt County.

Heavy yellow and brown-colored smoke filled the air and could be seen from miles away.

Firefighters said they believe the fire started in an auto shop housed in the building. The shop was destroyed and flames spread next door to the R & R Auctions building and to the Log Cabin Gospel Jubilee.  

Intense heat from the flames, combined with already warm temperatures made the fire difficult to battle, firefighters said. Two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation and debris in their eyes. Another person was treated for a minor wrist injury.

Zoneton firefighters called mutual aid and crews tore down the buildings to attack hot spots.

The gospel band director, Paul Shepherd, said he lost $10,000 worth of equipment.

"Microphones, guitars, three bass amps and 50 songs I had written," Shepherd said.  

Rob Orkies, Zoneton Fire Chief, said: "The church is a true log cabin built in the early 1900's. We're having troubles getting in there."

The State Fire Marshal is investigating and said it's too early to tell the exact cause.