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‘Generations of hard work now gone’: Franklin County business devastated in Thursday fire

Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 6:53 PM EDT
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) - A business in Franklin County that has been a staple in the community is now picking up the pieces after a large fire Thursday morning.

Crews responded to Ard’s Service Station in East Point around 7 a.m.
Crews responded to Ard’s Service Station in East Point around 7 a.m.(Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

Crews responded to Ard’s Service Station in East Point around 7 a.m.

One building that used to be part of Ard’s completely turned into rubble.

One building that used to be part of Ard’s completely turned into rubble.
One building that used to be part of Ard’s completely turned into rubble.(WCTV)

The owner of Ard’s told WCTV that they’ve been in business for nearly 50 years and that she’s heartbroken that generations of hard work are now gone.

Nearby neighbors said they were able to see the smoke from a distance.

“It smelled really bad. Honest to God. As an asthmatic, I walked outside to take out my trash and bring it back up, saw all the cops,” described Eastpoint resident, Ronald Phillips.

The owner of Ard’s declined an on-camera interview, but told WCTV that the building has been in Eastpoint since 1972.

It once served as a neighborhood grocery store where many residents had been going since they were children.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says no one was hurt in the fire, but it could have been worse.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says no one was hurt in the fire, but it could have been...
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says no one was hurt in the fire, but it could have been worse.(WCTV)

“Everything is really close, brand new home across the street so we were just really happy that the fire departments were able to quickly respond and put the fire out and keep it from spreading which was really huge,” said Sheriff A.J. Smith.

Smith says state fire marshals are still working to determine what sparked the fire.

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