More buildings burn in Cumberland

Published 10:27 am Saturday, September 23, 2017

A pair of buildings were severely damaged by fire on Main Street in Cumberland on Friday evening.

One building formerly housed Joe’s Barber Shop and the other is known as the Kelemen building. Both structures were severely damaged according to Harlan County Emergency Management Director David McGill.

Cumberland City Fire Chief Edward Bush stated Friday’s fires closely followed another downtown Cumberland fire on Wednesday, when the three-story building which formerly housed Maynard’s Hardware was severely damaged.

According to Bush, the two buildings damaged on Friday were two separate fires and not the result of fire spreading from one building to the other.

“They’re not attached,” Bush said. “They’re about 500 feet apart. It’s two separate fires.”

According to Bush, the state Fire Marshall’s Office has been notified.

Bush said the structures were in bad shape already and are probably a total loss.

“The building’s were majorly damaged before the fires,” Bush said. “They were condemned buildings to start with.”

The Cumberland City Fire Department, Harlan City Fire Department and Cumberland City Police responded to the scene on Friday.

Cumberland Fire Department, Lynch Fire Department, the Cumberland City Police Department, the Red Cross, LifeCare Ambulance Service and the Putney Fire Department responded to the scene on Wednesday.

No injuries were reported due to any of the incidents.

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