Ferrell's Hamburgers restaurant catches on fire

Posted at 4:08 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 20:11:33-04

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WTVF) — A Hopkinsville favorite restaurant is closed. Ferrell’s Hamburgers off of Main Street caught on fire Thursday night.

Fire crews said they arrived after 11:30 p.m. to find heavy smoke and fire inside the restaurant. Fire captain Michael Pendleton says it took firefighters about 7 minutes from when they got the call to put out the fire.

Pendleton also said the fire did significant damage to the interior of the building; but the structure is safe. He believes the cause could be related to the grill. Pendleton said two employees were inside and told him the fire started in the grill area. There were no customers inside.

People say they hope the restaurant reopens.

"It was shocking, I mean it’s an icon I grew up here," said Nicole Brinnon Devane.

William Simon has been working at Ferrell's for just 5 months, he says he wan't on shift when the restaurant caught on fire.

"Everyone is safe no one didn’t get hurt and that was the blessing part that know one didn’t get hurt in the whole thing," said Simon

Simon says he prays he can find a job but he just hopes the place reopens.

"It’s going to be well missed and stuff but hopefully they’ll fix it up and re-open soon," said Simon.

Captain Pendleton wish the business owners the best in the clean up process.

"It’s a sad loss and we wish them all the best in their rebuilding efforts and we hope that they are back open soon," Pendleton said.

A similar fire happened at Ferrell’s Hamburgers Madisonville location. Pendleton said that location just opened back up last month.