TWO MORE MAJOR FIRES IN DOLLAR STORES OCCURRED THURSDAY NIGHT.
BUFFALO, NEW YORK FIREFIGHTERS responded to a Family Dollar store shortly before 6 pm Thursday where they found heavy smoke and fire conditions. A second alarm was struck immediately for the store which was open for business at the time of the alarm.
The fire caused over $300,000 in damages. WNLO-TV Ch. 23 filed this video report:
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A FIRE IN PARKER, SOUTH DAKOTA, has completely destroyed a downtown building housing the Dakota Dollar Store. The fire broke out about 5:30 pm Central time and brought in 12 neighboring fire departments to assist the Parker FD. Despite a fast start and the heavy involvement, the fire crews did a good job of containing the fire to the building of origin.
The Argus Leader reports:
“It was bizarre,” said Parker Fire chief Bob Masters. “I live three blocks from here and the fire station is right up the street there and by the time I got to the station, you couldn’t see down Main Street, what with all the heavy smoke.”
Witnesses said by 6 p.m., flames could be seen shooting from the roof of Dakota Dollar. The blaze was under control by 9:30 p.m. So much water was needed to fight the fire that tanker trucks from surrounding communities were needed to fill temporary reservoirs set up on the street. Firefighters were never in danger of running out, Masters said.
Argus Leader photo by Shane Merrill
The shop’s owner had just locked up and left the store 20 minutes before.
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KSFY-TV has this video report with fire footage: