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

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Fire crews responded to the scene of a three-alarm fire in the 100 block of West Main Street along Whiskey Row in downtown Louisville early Monday evening.

About 75 firefighters were on the scene of the fire, which crews said consumed three historic buildings in Whiskey Row, on all floors — four above ground and two below ground.

Fire Capt. Sal Melendez said this was a defensive operation because of the strength of the flames. Much of the roof caved in during the fire.

Nearby businesses were evacuated.

Humana, which is across the street, issued a shelter-in-place notice.

There were no reports of injuries.

Metro Council President David Tandy, D-4, said in a statement, “Louisville Metro Fire and Rescue is to be commended for their quick work in fighting this fire and ensuring the safety of the people who work and live in and around Whiskey Row.  This was a difficult fire to fight and we should always be thankful that we have dedicated firefighters, who through their training, professionalism and dedication, make sure we are protected from such dangers.”

Shortly before 9 p.m., Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted the following:

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