Firefighters battle a blaze on Whiskey Row in downtown Louisville | Image via WLKY
Firefighters battle a blaze on Whiskey Row in downtown Louisville | Image via WLKY

This story was reported by WLKY and is reposted here with permission.

Fire investigators have ruled Monday’s fire on Whiskey Row was accidental.

Investigators said the cause was a cutting operation with an acetylene torch. Crews were removing sprinkler pipes interconnected with electrical conduit and hot metal smoldered, sparking ignition and causing the fire. Investigators said the crews were in the building working an hour before the fire started.

Fire crews say there’s still a chance one of the badly burned buildings could collapse. Hotspots at the scene have decreased, but safety is still a concern.

West Main Street remains closed from First Street to Second Street.

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