Officials: No arson in Rabbit Hash General Store fire

Published: Feb. 14, 2016 at 2:54 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 15, 2016 at 12:01 PM EST
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Crews battle blaze at Rabbit Hash General Store (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/Daniel Beaver)
Crews battle blaze at Rabbit Hash General Store (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/Daniel Beaver)
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RABBIT HASH,KY (FOX19) - Fire investigators have ruled out arson as a potential cause for a fire that destroyed the historic Rabbit Hash General Store.

The fire originated in the roof and eventually caused it to collapse. Bellevue-McVille Fire Chief Jeff Herms we'll likely never learn the exact cause of the blaze due to the roof collapse.

Flames swept through the 185-year-old building around 9 p.m. Saturday. Four fire departments battled the blaze for nearly five hours.

No one was injured in the fire.

"I've heard the word devastating all my life," said Don Clare of the Rabbit Hash Historical Society. "But I've never really realized what devastating was until I saw this. This is part of my heart, it is a part of all of our hearts."

The store, located at 10021 Lower River Road, was on the National Register of Historic Places.

Clare vows that the store will be rebuilt.

A Go Fund Me Page has already raised more than $30,000 to help rebuild the historic store.

"As the building burned late Saturday, residents gathered nearby, some crying and one group singing Amazing Grace," the fundraising page says.

The iconic front facade of the store was salvaged stored in a nearby barn.

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