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Businesses Damaged by Fire

Cause of Fire Still Under Investigation

Contact: John Robison, State Fire Marshal

(334)241-4166

11/15/2001

Following a Wednesday morning fire in downtown Frisco City, fire investigators continue working to determine the cause.

Based on information developed thus far, the fire was discovered by a Frisco City firefighter who saw smoke coming from the direction of the City Hall around 11:30 AM. Upon closer examination, the firefighter found fire at the first floor rear doors of Peoples Drug Store.

Fire departments from several counties responded to the call for mutual aid and were able to bring the fire under control. Peoples Drug Store, Barfield’s Jewelry, two vacant store fronts and the City Hall received damage from the fire, smoke and/or water.

The main street in downtown Frisco City, Bowden Street, has been closed since the fire began and remains closed at this time. City and state officials are concerned for the safety of the public due to structural damage to Peoples Drug and Barfield’s Jewelry. A structural engineer, requested by the city, will arrive in town Friday morning to evaluate the damaged buildings. Bowden Street will be reopened as soon as the dangers associated with the damaged walls of the buildings are eliminated.

The Alabama State Fire Marshals Office is working with the Frisco City Fire and Police Departments and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in this investigation.