MOUNT HERMON, Ky. (WBKO) -- An early morning fire out in Mount Hermon takes away a local gathering place for Monroe County locals.
Mudlick Volunteer Fire Chief Craig Grider says the flames sparked early in the morning on Tuesday.
"At approximately 1:10 am Tuesday morning, we received a page of a structure fire at the Mount Herman Store. Upon our arrival, we found the building completely, fully embalmed, and most of which had already caved in."
While the Mudlick, Flippin and Temple Hill Volunteer Fire Departments fought the store flames for over four hours Tuesday morning, the Mount Hermon Country Store was still burning around noon on Wednesday.
Mount Hermon Country Store owner Michael Gentry says it's a difficult sight to look at.
"The roof was done gone and I said, 'it can't be'. I don't know, I guess it's just mind-blowing. The store has always been here, ever since I can remember."
"It's going to be different with the store gone. You know, I don't know. You don't see all your friends and they won't stop here. You know, if you ain't here, can't see your friends. They want to know if I want to build back and everything, well, I'm just taking it day at a time now and see what happens," Gentry added.
And Michael Gentry says he had plans long down the road with his beloved country store.
"I hate that my store is gone. I had a lot of plans. Build a patio out on it, sit on the patio and watch cars go by, and your friends stop and say 'how are you doing?' you know, hollering at you and maybe go in and buy something. I'm going to miss all that, that's what I had planned, it might still work out, you never know," Gentry mentioned.
A structure fire in Mount Hermon, taking away more than just a building.
Fortunately, Mudlick Volunteer Fire Chief Craig Grider says no one was in the Mount Hermon Country Store, so no one was hurt during the fire.
No word yet, on what caused the blaze