Community rebuilds after multiple fires destroy landmark, buildings

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 6 at 9:03 AM

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. - Shelbyville is rebuilding after 3 historic buildings were destroyed in a fire in March in the heart of downtown.

 Five years ago, Cassandra Gray and her husband moved their counseling center to Main Street in Shelbyville. They built their business until March 6, 2013 when a fire sparked in a building next door. “March 6th, that was a crazy day. It was snowing, sleeting, it was windy that day. And you could just see it, just see the wind blow it into the next building,” Gray recalled.

Gray could only stand outside and watch her hard work go up in flames. “Out in front, we could see our building was still standing, they hadn’t cracked any windows. So, I’m thinking, you know, we might be okay,” she explained, “Little did we know, behind the scenes the fire was just blazing back there.”

Her counseling center, Creative Spirits was all but destroyed. Very little survived. “It was one drawer and it was full of files, and that was it,” she said.

After months of work, Gray moved her business just up Main Street and reopened. Now, after grieving the loss, she can say starting over feels like a breath of fresh air. “This is good for me. Good therapy for the therapist, right?”

The new space is smaller and somewhat bare, but it’s a start. “It’s going to be slow in the beginning,” she said, “But, I feel like we’ve made enough impact and imprint here that we’ll be able to rebuild.”
 

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