Five historic buildings along Seminole's Main Street were destroyed by fire over the weekend and fire crews are still putting out hot spots before they can try to determine cause of that blaze
Five historic buildings along Seminole's Main Street were destroyed by fire over the weekend and fire crews are still putting out hot spots before they can try to determine cause of that blaze.
Seminole Fire Chief Bryant Baker said the fire destroyed 316 to 330 North Main, which included two businesses — the former Parks Drug store and four buildings that housed furniture for the Curry-Hardin Furniture Store.
All of the buildings were 80 to 100 years old, the chief said.
“This is a huge devastation to our community — a lot of history,” Baker said.
As news of the fire spread and many visited the area to take a peek, Baker said many were telling stories about the former Parks Drug, with many remembering how they would go inside as kids to get candy or gum while their parents had coffee.
Bryant said firefighters were able to save some memorabilia and an 85-year-old sign from Parks Drug and the owner picked those items up on Monday.
The loss from a historical perspective is great, but there is also a great monetary loss, although Baker said no estimates have been given.
Only a few walls were standing and for safety, those were walls were pushed over, the chief said. The area remains blocked off.
The fire marshal, once all the hot spots are out, will take a look at the debris in hopes of determining cause of the blaze.
Baker said once that investigation is complete, the area will be turned over to the owners for cleanup.
The chief said the fire was reported at 3:57 a.m. Sunday morning.
With metal roofs and boarded up windows on the top floors, not to mention all the furniture fueling the flames, fire crews had a hard time battling the fire.
Seminole's full crew of firefighters, along with Wewoka firefighters, worked that scene.