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Cleanup Continues After Massive Downtown Woodbury Fire

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WOODBURY, Tenn. – More than twelve hours later, their work wasn't over. Some of Woodbury's volunteer firefighters haven't gotten any sleep since responding to the call early Friday evening.

"The smoke was coming out where the electrical come into the building," business owner Greg Christensen said.

Smoke quickly turned into an amber fire ball, consuming the Always Buying Gold store in Woodbury's historic town square.

"One of them had three roofs on it," Fire Chief Bill Johnston said of the difficulties firefighters had to overcome. "You take that. (The fire) gets in between them and it just eats you up."

The flames quickly spread to a shed in the back and required back up from departments in surrounding cities.

"It was surreal," Christensen said while getting emotional. "To see our neighbors have this happen is just hard."

Tin is all that's left of the shed, while hardly anything in the store could be salvaged.

"A lot of these buildings were built at the turn of the century and during the 1920's and thereabout and the timbers dry and it burns quickly once it catches," Ken Craddock said. He's sold a few buildings on the square.

A firewall saved the neighboring dance studio that's currently under construction.

"We bought this place and we're hoping in maybe a year that we'll have it all fixed up," Christensen said.

For the second time in two years a fire has gutted a business on the square. As these buildings get older, fire officials say it could happen more frequently. But for now the focus is on recovering.

"I really feel for my neighbors," Christensen said. "Maybe they'll come out better."

The Fire Marshal will be coming on Monday to determine the cause.


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