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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Fire destroys former Sunny Beaches store

  • An early Sunday morning fire destroyed the unoccupied building that formerly housed the Sunny Beaches grocery and bait shop at Lake and Belcher Roads.
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  • An early Sunday morning fire destroyed the unoccupied building that formerly housed the Sunny Beaches grocery and bait shop at Lake and Belcher Roads.
    Shawnee firefighters responded to the scene about 4:25 a.m., with Bethel Acres firefighters also working that scene and McLoud later responding with an additional tanker.
    Shawnee Fire Capt. Scott Killgore said firefighters, upon arrival, could tell from the smoke that the fire was in the attic or roof area, with crews beginning an interior attack of the structure to locate the fire.
    One door of the building had already been breached, he said, but crews went in the front door and began searching for fire.
    When it finally breached a roof, it was in a storage area of the building, Killgore said. As crews tried to attack the blaze, the roof started to sag, he said, so he pulled crews out of the building for their safety.
    “We transitioned to a defense attack,” he said, and was making a good knockdown before running out of water.
    “Water was an issue,” he said.
    With no hydrants in the area, crews had to set up a water shuttle with tankers, he said, with McLoud providing an extra tanker.
    Keeping water in rotating trucks, crews were able to get the fire under control but the building was a total loss, he said.
    Killgore said the cause of the fire was undetermined at the scene; the blaze remains under investigation by Shawnee fire marshals.
    Firefighters learned the business has been closed for months, he said, and there was no gas or electricity turned on at the building. The building has a local owner but there also was a renter who had contents inside, Killgore added.
    Ronnie Winsett, who lives in the area, awoke to sirens and snapped a few photographs as crews battled the fire. He said while many will remember the building as the Sunny Beaches grocery store, it was the Mays Grocery before that.
    Watch for updates.
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