"He once said that it would be standing room only. It was at his funeral." -Former Libby's Employee, Georgia Green
TODD COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- A building engulfed in flames and smoke had firefighters up early Thursday morning doing their best to put it out. Just as heavy as the smoke were the hearts of people in the community.
"When I worked there Tracy Lawrence was there a lot. Jo Dee Messina was there. I didn't get to see Garth Brooks there that night but my mom and dad were there and they danced beside him." said Owner of The Purple Daizi, Mitzi Page.
"Billy Dean was there. Different people were there. They had gospel groups, like the Chuckwagon Gang." commented Georgia Green, a former employee of Libby's.
Libby's Steakhouse was a local treasure to many, not just because of the acts that the entertainment and eating venue brought to the rural area, but also because of the everyday people that stopped in to see it.
"There was people that came from all over because they had the "Live at Libby's Show" on the Beaver out of Russellville at the time. I don't know how far they broadcast it out but people came from Nashville. It was well known." added Page, who is also a former employee of Libby's.
Just as special was the man the eatery was named after.
"He once said that it would be standing room only. It was at his funeral." added an emotional Green.
Locals say Libby loved the place so much his visitation and funeral were all held within the confines of the walls.
Now those walls lay crippled on the ground.
"It's sad. It's kind of the end of a saga." said Green.
"Drive by and see it be gone. Yeah, it's sad." added Page.
Fire officials said the building is a total loss. Though the fire remains under investigation Elkton firefighters said early signs show it may have been caused by an electrical problem.