A historic Hopkinsville home was gutted by fire Wednesday evening. Hopkinsville firefighters were initially called around 5:50 pm Wednesday to the scene at 209 East 17th Street. What started as the report of a fire in a closet area quickly became a fully involved fire as flames burst throught the roof of the structure.
Hopkinsville Deputy Fire Chief Freddie Montgomery spoke to the News Edge on the scene, and said the historic nature of the home was a complicating factor in battling the blaze.
The structure, which was known as "The Virginian", is a historical structure owned by Alvin and Dana Johnson, which was being used as an apartment building. The News Edge spoke with Dana Johnson on the scene of the fire.
Tyrontae Ogburn lived in Apartment Two in the building and spoke with the News Edge about getting herself and her three children out of the building before the flames erupted from Apartment One.
Christian County Historian William Turner says the house, originally called the Bryan home, was built in the 1840s by the Bryan family who was very prominent in the community at the time. He adds the home originally faced Virginia Street but was turned to face 17th Street around 1910. Turner says the home was purchased by former Mayor Chester Porta in the 1950s. Porta remodeled the home, converted it into four apartments, and named it The Virginian.