Fire in Calvert City leaves neighbors with one less place to eat

CALVERT CITY, KY – If you stop at McDonald’s in Calvert City regularly, your plans will need to change. It went up in flames Tuesday morning.

Firefighters battled the blaze through much of the afternoon. Initial calls came in Tuesday morning around 11 a.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but fire crews said people mentioned the air condition units on the top of the building when they contacted emergency services. All employees and customers were able to evacuate.


Fred Ross, Calvert City’s fire chief, said the extreme cold weather presented another challenge for the firefighters.

People who went to the McDonald’s for breakfast Tuesday were greeted by flames and billowing smoke. Ross said it was all hands on deck.

“We needed man power to help with it, because of the weather and the cold. Our guys were getting pretty well wiped out, and then we had all the fire departments in the county responding. We have our ladder truck and Benton’s ladder truck operating in putting the fire out,” he said, as crews continued their work.

Responders dealt with bitter cold air that froze the water on the fire equipment.

“We had like five or six guys here, and we knew right away that we were going to need more people because of the weather and everything. So, that’s when we did the county page,” Ross said.

Fred said the response Tuesday was a great example of multiple departments pulling together to smother fires and keep the community safe.

“You can look and see walking right there three different departments, and they’re all working together. So, you know, that’s awesome. It really is. It’s a good feeling,” Ross said.

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