Lexington Writers’ Hall sees outpouring of support after fire devastates building

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – A nonprofit group devastated by a fire last week is seeing an outpouring of support and donations to help them recover.

The Lexington Writers’ Hall was one of many groups working in the historic West Second Street building, which caught fire early Thursday.

Between the setbacks of COVID-19 and now the devastating fire, it’s been a tough few years for the band. But, they won’t be knocked down for long, thanks to more than $10,000 in donations since Thursday.


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The group lost most of their possessions in the fire. Fifty-four local writers use the space to work and get creative. They are now working on finding a new place for them to have this space.

When they were able to reopen last May, they had only 13 members. So it was a growing organization that was gaining momentum, only to suffer this loss due to the fire.

“It’s double and triple nice to have the support of the community after surviving COVID and now a devastating fire that has pretty much ravaged our entire space,” said Lisa Haneberg of Lexington Writer’s Room.

Fire investigators said their preliminary investigation ruled out any criminal activity.

If you would like to donate their recovery, you can click here.

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