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11/17/06-Gilmer

Gilmer Business Destroyed By Overnight Fire

Officials are investigating this morning what may have caused a massive fire in Gilmer that destroyed a well known landmark overnight.  3 separate fire departments were called-out to fight it.

Fire units rushed to The Old Town Mall just before 11 last night.  When firefighters arrived, they found the building engulfed by flames.  Crews from Gilmer, White Oak and Longview fought the furious fire for over 2 hours.

The 77 year old building began to crumble under the stress of the fire.  Firefighters rushed to beat back the blaze to keep it from spreading to other structures.  At least 4 businesses were destroyed inside the mall, as business owners and neighbors could only watch.

"My whole life was in there i've had it 2 and a half years, it's a little mini-mall several different shops," says Mall Business Owner Margie Hickerson.

Area Resident Sarah Smith thought, "My god this can't be happening, i just saw part of the building come down , roof caved in, just terrible.

No one was injured in the fire.

More than 40 employees worked at the mall.

 

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