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Tavern Owner Looks Ahead After Fire -- Kai Beech

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Vernon Huskey is trying to pull it together after a fire burned down his Ashland City restaurant and rental properties early Friday morning.

"I got a phone call at 2 a.m. and it was well on fire," said Huskey, the longtime owner of the V-Tavern Caf on River Road. "The upstairs were completely engulfed. It was gone."

This fire was another rough deal in Huskey's recent life. Back in October he was in a motorcycle accident where his wife died. Physically injured and emotionally unstable, Huskey closed down the V-Tavern Cafe. He ended up renting it out in April and a few months later this happened.

"It's a heartbreaker," Huskey said. "I never had a fire like this. I never had a fire."

Kenneth Dixon lives a few feet from the V-Tavern Caf in a blue octagon--which was partially damaged but ultimately saved. He was home when the fire started.

"It was so hot it made you sweat from across the street," he said. "Its almost nauseating the smell. You can't get it out of your nose. If you're around this stuff, you get it right back in your nose and it just kind of lingers with you."

And the effects of this fire have more than just lingered with Huskey; they've haunted him.

Fire officials told him this blaze is suspicious and the thought of an arson doesn't sit well with this man who has already lost so much.

"I hope he burns in hell," Huskey said of an arson. "Not only did he or she burn the building, he could of killed four people up there."        



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