Thursday, June 7, 2012
Explosion, fire level business
By SUE WATSON
An explosion early Monday morning and resulting fire demolished Mike’s Quick Stop in Holly Springs.
Later that morning, lightning struck a house on Hernando Road and started a fire.
Lightning was also reported to have hit a structure in the Wyatt/Chulahoma area as well, but no fire was reported. And a house struck by lightning in Lafayette County was destroyed Monday as thunderstorms swept through the area before noon, according to a reporter at the scene of the Hernando Road fire.
The Quick Stop, located at 665 Highway 7 North, was destroyed following a report of an explosion called in at 12:50 a.m., according to assistant fire chief Rodney Crane. He said the fire was put out by 3:43 a.m. Monday.
“There were several witnesses, including my daughter living on Swaney Drive, who heard a loud eruption,” Crane said. “She was at home and heard the rumbling.”
Other witnesses living at West Lake Drive and Spring Cove also reported hearing the boom which sounded like thunder, they said.
The Quick Stop was fully involved when firefighters arrived with a debris field spreading as far as the entrance to Acme Brick across the highway, Crane said.
“Bricks from the front wall and the front door were blown out into the parking area,” Crane said. “The metal roof collapsed on the floor and the side walls on each side close to the front door were blown out.”
The cause of the explosion has not been determined, Crane said. The owner arrived for work Monday morning to find his business a complete loss, he said.
Crane said no gas leaks or problems had been noticed by the owner prior to the blast, just after midnight.
Both natural gas, used for winter heating, and propane gas, used for appliances, were supplied to the facility, Crane said.
At 11:08 a.m. Monday, firemen responded to a 911 call at a house in the 800 block of Hernando Road where lightning had struck the roof, according to firefighters.
Two engines and rescue units responded to the scene and put the fire out by 2:18 p.m.
County fire investigator Tracy Jeffries said there was minimal fire damage but major water damage to the structure and there was smoke damage as well. Firefighters pulled out insulation to remove any hot spots remaining before leaving the scene at 3:12 p.m.
Three children at home, when the lightning hit and the fire started, got out safely.
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