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[UPDATE] Storm-Related Fire Tears Through Downtown Donalsonville

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

[UPDATED on 4/5 at 5:00PM]

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Several downtown Donalsonville businesses are destroyed in an overnight blaze (4/4 - 4/5).

The Donalsonville Fire Chief says a bolt of lightening started the fire around one o'clock this morning.

The fast-moving blaze destroyed two beauty shops, a gym, a pool hall, a flower shop, a gift shop, a doctor's office, and an insurance agency before it was contained.

Steven Brook's father-in-law owns the flower store where the blaze is believed to have started.

Says Brook, "[The fire] just kind of spread more towards the north and then the wind came back towards the south. It's sad because the store was there for a long time."

No injuries have been reported.

Fire officials say though the blaze has been put out, crews are still on scene fighting smoldering embers that continue to flare up.

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Donalsonville emergency workers say the large fire started around one o'clock this morning when lightning from overnight storms struck a building on Cherry Street and the flames quickly spread.

They say two beauty shops, a gym, a pool hall, a flower shop, a gift shop, and an insurance agency have been gutted by the fire.

No estimates of the damage caused have been released yet.


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