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Ashland fire under investigation

Jan. 11, 2013 @ 10:18 PM

ASHLAND -- Justice Flowers sustained major damage and a storage building behind the business off U.S. 60 near the Ashland city limits was destroyed in a fire which started about 11:30 a.m. Friday, said Ashland Fire Chief Scott Penick.

"We don't know the cause yet," Penick said. "We're still checking hot spots. We'll be for several more hours yet," he said about 5 p.m.

One firefighter was injured when some sheetrock from a building ceiling fell on him, Penick said. The firefighter was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and later released.

The fire was near J&J Restaurant, but the building didn't appear to be damaged, said City Manager Steve Corbitt.

"We go out there for lunch on Friday," Corbitt said. "When I got there, one of the buildings was fully engaged and there were firehoses over the lot."

The storage building is located very close to the building housing Justice Flowers, Penick said. "They're only a couple feet apart," he said. The fire started in the storage building and spread to the adjacent structure, he said.

The fire prompted Boyd County 911 officials to advise motorists to avoid the 5200 block of 13th Street (U.S. 60).

Authorities later opened all four lanes of U.S. 60.

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