Versailles Castle burns in night fire
The interior of the castle in Versailles, Kentucky was destroyed in a blaze on Monday night, May 10, 2004. The cause was unknown, but may have been triggered by a lightning strike to a turret. The owner had been working on the buidling's air conditioning that day during a strong electrical thunderstorm. The fire was visible for miles, and traffic jammed on Versailles Road as passersby stopped to watch the demise of the local landmark.
The Castle, built over 30 years ago, had been owned by real estate developer Rex Martin until he died last August. It had been purchased last year by a florida couple for $1.8 milllion, who were turning it into a bed and breakfast. (Tips from Angela, Deborah, Mary Ann, Joe, Misty, Amy, Scott, and Karen)[05/10/2004]