The Whitz in Russellville ‘a total loss’ after weekend fire

Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 7:59 AM CST
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RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) - A popular venue in Russellville, The Whitz, was considered a “total loss” by owners after a fire Saturday night.

The Russellville Fire Department and other departments spent hours fighting the fire into Sunday morning.

“When we arrived on the scene, we had heavy smoke showing from the front of the building and heavy fire showing from the rear of the building. We made a quick defensive knockdown of the fire from the rear to try and get inside,” said Chief O’Brien Pedigo.

Officials say there was no one inside the building at the time they arrived.

“Due to the extent of the fire before arrival along with the age, layout and construction of the building we were unable to make an offensive interior attack. The building was already on the verge of collapse.”

Firefighters were then instructed not to go inside the building in order to ensure their safety.

Owners of the restaurant posted on the venue’s Facebook page saying that the building was a “total loss” following the fire. Anyone with events scheduled with them can call them for the next steps.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Officials say there were no initial signs of arson or foul play.

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