Jessamine County

Investigators still trying to determine cause in Nicholasville fire

The cause of a fire that damaged a Nicholasville apartment complex and displaced about 60 residents remains under investigation, Assistant Chief Kevin Baker said Friday.

Four units of the complex at 108 North Central Avenue were heavily damaged in the Thursday blaze, and the remaining eight units had varying degrees of smoke and water damage, Baker said.

Electricity was turned off to the apartments, meaning the 60 residents had to find shelter elsewhere. The management company of the complex put some residents up in a motel, said John V. Carpenter, emergency management director for Jessamine County.

The American Red Cross distributed credit cards to affected families, and local schools have collected items for children affected by the fire, he said. The Salvation Army is also screening families about their particular needs, Carpenter said.

Donations of clothes, food, new or gently used household items are being collected at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore, 317 North Main Street in Nicholasville.

Cash donations can also be made at the Habitat ReStore. Please make checks payable to R.O.C.K., which stands for Revitalize Our Communities in Kentucky.

Nicholasville has a joint police and fire task force investigating the blaze.