Fire engulfs a staple of the Leatherwood community

By TJ Caudill - [email protected]

LEATHERWOOD — A structure fire engulfed a staple of the Leatherwood community last Wednesday morning. The fire caused KY- 699 to close for several hours while firefighters fought to contain the fire.

Numerous reports of a structure fire at Shepherd’s Hardware and Grocery went out during the morning hours of Feb. 8.

Cornettsville Volunteer Fire Department, Leatherwood Creek Volunteer Fire Department, and the Viper Volunteer Fire Department all responded to the scene.

No injuries were reported, but a few people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Leatherwood Creek Fire Department Fire Chief Carter Hall said Shepherd’s Grocery and Hardware Store suffered fire, smoke, and water damage. He said the store wasn’t completely destroyed, but the building would require repair work, especially to the foundation.

Hall said a woman noticed smoke coming from cracks in the store. She grabbed the other person who was in the store at the time and they both ran safely out of the back of the store.

“When I arrived, I couldn’t see the store because of the black smoke. It looked pitiful,” said Hall.

The store has been a staple of the Leatherwood community since the mid-90s.

Hall said two of the apartments adjourned to the store were completely destroyed. More than 20 people lived in the apartment complex.

Currently, Hall said they were unsure what caused the fire.

TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald. He can be reached at 606-629-3245.

By TJ Caudill

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