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Columbia Dry Cleaners Catches Fire

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by Emily Lxuen

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - The owner of a Columbia dry cleaners destroyed in a fire vows to rebuild.

The Best Cleaners location at 2640 Pulaski Highway caught fire around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. When emergency crews arrived on the scene they found heavy flames shooting from the building. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control quickly.

Owner Chris Shrader and a repairman were inside doing maintenance work when the fire started.  Both men were able to escape the blaze, but Shrader was taken to Maury Regional Hospital as a precaution.

"You're dealing with insulation and clothes and when it jumps from one thing to another, it just took off," said Shrader.  "It spread really fast."

The outside of the building is visibly burned, and the inside is unrecognizable.  All of the items inside, including customer's clothes were destroyed.

"It's home, so it's hard to look at," said Shrader. "It's a terrible thing.  I wouldn't wish it on anyone."

Shrader is in the process of working with his insurance company, and notifying customers who had clothes inside.  He has moved all employees to the company's other locations.  He plans to rebuild in the same location.

"We're going to be ok," said Shrader. "Either way, whatever happens, we are going to be ok. Life will move on."

Shrader plans to move the Best Cleaners temporarily into the building next door by Monday.  The other locations will continue to operate normally.

It is unclear what caused the fire. An investigation is ongoing.

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