Fire Destroys Warehouse
A warehouse filled with donations for Habitat for Humanity, goes up in flames in downtown Marion. The owner confirms the building is almost a total loss. So are all the contents inside, contents earmarked for needy people.
Ed and Tillie Fortag were enjoying a quiet Wednesday evening at the River Breeze Campground. About 10 o'clock they noticed flames. "The flames were real high. We could feel the heat. The heat was tremendous. We could feel the heat. We were out in the yard and we could feel the heat over here," says Ed Fortag.
A few hundred yards away a small warehouse was burning. It belongs to Butch Justice. "It's devastating because I lost a building, revenue, revenue off of the building," he says.
"Originally it was being called a suspicious fire. However after further investigation it has been determined this was an electrical issue that caused this fire," says Lt. Rusty Jenkins with Marion Police Department.
Inside the warehouse were donations for Habitat for Humanity, including a big screen TV that was put in there a few days before the fire. Now, Justice makes plans to demolish the building. The Fortags who work with Habitat for Humanity hope more generous people help replace the donations.
The owner says the building will be completely torn down within the next two weeks. Police urge people to stay away from the burned-out building until that happens.
By: Karen Wynne
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