Fire displaces 21 in Cynthiana

A fire near downtown Cynthiana has displaced 21 migrant farm workers and children.

The fire started between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday at 107 South Locust Street. A short in a fuse-box was to blame, Cynthiana Fire Chief Jay Sanders said. The second floor of the duplex was heavily damaged and deemed uninhabitable, he said.

The farm workers were in town to work the county's tobacco fields. Along with the workers, the displaced include four children, ages 6 months to 10 years, and one person under the care of Hospice of the Bluegrass, Sanders said.

The Red Cross arranged for them to stay at the Evergreen Motel for three nights. After that, they might move on to homeless shelters in Lexington, Salvation Army volunteer Charlie Tribble said. There aren't many places that can accommodate that many people in Cynthiana, he said.

People looking to make donations can make checks payable to the Salvation Army. In the memo line write: For Migrant Workers. Mail them to P.O Box 295, Cynthiana, KY 41031.