STANTON, Ky. (WKYT) — For nearly a decade now, Mi Finca Restaurant has been a Stanton staple.
“It’s not my restaurant. It’s everyone’s restaurant. It’s where we go for good times and birthdays. We know so many people in town, they know us. We go there. put a lot of heart into it,” said owner Jessica Hernandez.
But when Jessica Hernandez says it was normal Saturday night when she closed.
“I last checked the cameras around 11.15pm last night before going to bed. Everything was fine. It was clean, the lights were off, everyone was gone. Just a normal Saturday night.
So she didn’t expect to get a call early in the morning, telling her that the place was on fire.
“The building is a total loss. Based on the first engines that arrived, you know, it spread pretty quickly,” Stanton Fire Department Deputy Chief Eddie Barnes said.
Barnes said he received the call for the fire just before 6 a.m. Sunday morning. Barnes said they called for help from nearby communities. Crews attempted to enter and attack the fire from within. But he said that because the building is constructed from old, heavy wood, combined with the amount of cooking supplies and fuel inside, it was simply too late.
“I came out and by then the flames had started through the roof. At that point, they just did an outside attack, and that was about it.
For now, Hernandez is thinking of plans to rebuild one day, not just for the community, but for the employees she now calls family.
“They’ve been with me the whole time I’ve been here. I kept those same people. We’re very, very close and it’s really difficult,” Hernandez said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Barnes said he has requested assistance from the Kentucky State Police and Office of the Fire Marshal with the investigation.
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