By William Moore
CORINTH – Fire investigators continue to look into the Wednesday night fire that destroyed the Family Outlet Store at the intersection of Highway 72 and Tate Street (Highway 145).
“It is still under investigation but it looks like it started on the lower level,” said Corinth Fire Chief Billy Briggs. “We have called in a state fire marshal to help, but you have to do that anytime you have a fire at a commercial building.”
The Corinth Fire Department and volunteer firemen from across Alcorn County battled the blaze into the wee hours of the morning and were able to save surrounding buildings.
“There is a convenience store on the corner and a mechanics shop on the back. We were able to keep it out of them,” said Briggs.
When firemen responded around 7:45 p.m., the buildings were not fully engulfed but the fire quickly spread. The building is at least 50 years old and had been added onto numerous times over the years, the fire chief said.
“It looks like it started in the basement,” said Briggs. “There is an elevator and it might have gotten in (the shaft). Shortly after we got on the scene, the fire broke through the roof.”
Corinth Fire Department sent out a call for help and Briggs said all of the volunteer departments in the county responded. Firemen had the blaze contained by 10 p.m. but remained on the scene until around 3 a.m.
“Sometime in the night, the roof fell in and it rekindled,” said Briggs. “We had folks come back around 5 a.m. to put out hot spots and stayed until the morning.”
There were no injuries reported in the fire. The employees of the thrift store left around 5:30 p.m. and did not report anything suspicious.
Arson investigators investigated Thursday to look for the source and cause of the fire.