Firefighter injured battling house fire

A vacant house at 1108 W. South Second St. in Shelbyville was heavily damaged by a fire in the early hours of Monday. Kennedy Nolen photo.

SHELBYVILLE – A firefighter who was injured when a roof fell on him as he battled a blaze at 1108 W. South Second St. early Monday is "doing OK," an official said Wednesday.

Firefighters were called to the unoccupied home at 4:39 a.m. Monday. It's the second time since April that firefighters have responded to a fire at the house.

Shelbyville Fire Engineer Scott McKee said the house was engulfed by flames when firefighters arrived on Monday.

Megan Kircher-Howell, the wife of the owner, said no one was living in the house. Kircher-Howell and her husband do not know what happened, she said.

McKee declined to name the firefighter who was was injured by the collapsing roof, but said he is "doing OK."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The previous fire was April 30 around 2 p.m. No one was in the home at the time of that fire, either.

Shelbyville Fire Chief Gary Lynch could not be reached for comment.

Kennedy Nolen can be reached by phone at 217-774-2161 ext. 1 or by email at

This Week's Circulars