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Last updated 3:05AM ET
March 5, 2021
Fire Destroys Business in Downtown Athens
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - A fire destroyed a former furniture store in downtown Athens Monday afternoon.

The building used to house the Butler Furniture store on West Market Street but was being used by the business as a warehouse.

Athens Fire Chief Cliff Christopher said the fire was called in around 3:45 p.m. and was under control by about 4:45 p.m., The Huntsville Times reported.

Christopher said the furniture inside fed the flames, causing smoke to billow out. He said that was a cause for worry because of the nearby Athens-Limestone Hospital.

"I was concerned about the smoke affecting the hospital and surrounding medical facilities," he said. "There was a lot of intense smoke and heat."

Christopher said no injuries were reported and the fire's cause was being investigated.


Information from: The Huntsville Times,
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