Monday, 06 August 2007 20:00
Two weekend fires all but destroyed two buildings in
downtown Spruce Pine Saturday.
While most of downtown was reopened Monday, a
state of emergency still exists in the fire area. The fire at 380 Oak Avenue in Spruce Pine destroyed Miller
Insurance, Brian Buchanan Attorney at Law, Keen Enterprises and a church, while
the fire on Locust Street consumed a thrift store, a garage and Spruce Pine’s
historic train depot. No cause or origin of the blaze has been determined, but
the SBI has been called in to investigate a possible arson. A meeting at 9 a.m.
today at Central Baptist Church in Spruce Pine will hopefully answer business
owner’s questions about where to go from here.