Fire strikes Red Cross, Senior Citizen facility

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Senior Citizen facility to relocate temporarily in Shepherdsville Community Center behind old city hall

By Stephen Thomas

SHEPHERDSVILLE - A weekend fire resulted in damages to the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency Senior Life Enrichment Center facility.

Shepherdsville Fire units responded to a call at the Senior Center at 7:48 a.m. Monday morning. The center is located at 214 Frank E. Simon Ave., in the rear of the Bullitt/Spencer American Red Cross building next to the Bullitt County Judicial Center.

Shepherdsville Chief Brad Whitaker said an MPCAA discovered smoke throughout the building Monday morning and called firefighters.

Whitaker said the fire was already out when firefighters arrived. He said the fire likely occurred the night before and somehow extinguished.

Bullitt County Chief Deputy Danny Thompson said officials determined the fire to be accidental and that arson was not suspected. He said a lit candle could have caused the fire.

Whitaker said the Senior Center hosted a civic event Friday evening. Candles were lit that evening. Whitaker said workers also reported flickering lights that evening.

Senior Center employees said they checked the hall on more than one occasion Friday to make certain al the candles were out.

The primary damages took place in the main meting hall, which is the former Bullitt Fiscal Court meeting room. Some tables in the room were melted.

The rest of the facility was covered heavily with soot. The worst damage on the Red Cross side of the building was heavy smoke damage in an upstairs room.

Red Cross director Mike Crenshaw said the organization hoped to remain open for business at the location.

“We’re soot covered but no real damages,” he said. “We’re gonna try to get the furnaces cleaned so we can stay in place.”

Crenshaw assured that all Red Cross programs would remain in place and the organization would still be available to the community.

Donations for repair costs are being accepted. Checks can be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 665, Shepherdsville, KY 40165.

Multi-Purpose executive director Kim Embrey said the Senior Center planned to continue serving meals throughout the week from Shepherdsville First Baptist Church.

On Friday the Senior Center hoped to begin regular daily activities in the Boys Scouts center located at 176 Frank E. Simon Ave., behind the Red Cross and old Shepherdsville City Hall buildings.

For more information on Senior Life Enrichment Center programs and meals contact MPCAA at 543-3455 or visit www.mpcaa.org.