Bourbon County

Lightning, fire damage Paris-Bourbon County Library

The Paris-Bourbon County Library building was damaged by a fire that was sparked when it was hit by lightning Saturday night.

The building is under renovation, so library materials were not damaged by the fire, said Battalion Chief Jeff McFarland of the Paris Fire Department.

He said the building, at High and Seventh streets in Paris, sustained "quite a bit of water damage," as well as damage to the ceiling, roof and upstairs area, but the renovation should be able to continue.

Firefighters were called at 6:20 p.m. When they arrived, smoke was coming from the peak of the roof and out from under the eave, McFarland said.

The building's high ceilings made gaining access to the attic area difficult, so it took a while for the blaze to be put out, McFarland said.

He said fire departments throughout the area, including the Lexington Fire Department, responded to help fight the fire and handle other calls in Bourbon County during the emergency.