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#99577 Jul 29th, 2007 at 08:54 AM
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This big building on the right was a hotel with a big bar downstairs. It was a historical building, one of the first in Phoenicia. The owner had it for sale for years. He wanted $1.4million for it.(then only $1million later) Had over $400,000 in loans from banks to do work on it. Got offers he deemed weren't enough. It had foundation problems and a hole in the roof. No repairs were done. Out back he or others had piled huge amounts of garbage in an alley between 2 parts of the building. (can you say rats!?)
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Last night, around 1am... fire! The first firemen werent enough manpower to keep it under control. Other companies were called in. Too late.
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Around back;
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Where i took this picture next to my store there were bits of ash and cinder from the fire. Ya' think its a miracle my building didnt burn too?? {the hotel you can just see across the street}
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#99592 Jul 29th, 2007 at 09:57 AM
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That is scary, you are awful close to that building!

Do they know what caused it yet?

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At least you're alright, though I can't say 1.4M is a reasonable price for the building, and I don't think it was wise to have piled up garbage...just goes to show how easily our history can be forgotten and lost


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shock Ohh Mann that was too close!!

I'm glad your store is okay!


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Its ben empty for a while. no one inside when it caught. No official cause yet. We all suspect "insurance lightning". Especially with it starting out back where noone could see. hmmmm


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There are a couple of homeless sleep wherever you can people. I guess its a possibility.


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Wow Wrennie, that's scary!

What do they plan to do wit hthe building[considering you said it was historical]-- tear it down, rebuild?


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WOW, WRENNIE! I'M SO GLAD YOU AND YOUR STORE ARE A-OKAY!

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Wrennie, I'm so glad that YOU and YOUR STORE are OK!!!

When you started talking about the financial problems, and then the fire happening at that time of night the first thought I had was insurance fraud!!!
I shudder to think of the devastation to that lovely street if it hadn't been contained!!


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too close for comfort.... uhuhh that building looks like it had some potential...that is a shame....but i'm thinking the same thing....something sounds a bit fishie...........

your store looks so wonderful!


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**UPDATE**
Rumor has it {I repeat rumor} the current owner doesn't have insurance. That he let it lapse! shock I really hope they find it was someone partying out back, or someones burning garbage cinders jumped the fence so to speak. Theres has been no electricity in the place for a while so it Cant be electrical. My friend who owns the liquor store in town has been in negotiations to buy it for a while. I saw him yesterday evening and said I think the hotel needs a bit more work now. I dont know how much he was planning on doing in the first place. He did say someone told him there is alot of damage but the bar wasn't touched! I guess there were some spirits there protecting their 'place'.


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Ray (a guy in town) said the banks roof shingles were melted in spots. I have to go get a pic from that end.


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Wrennie; so sorry to hear about the fire. But so very glad that no one was hurt and that your building is ok also.


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More pics.
the far side. I was standing in my banks back parking lot for these
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directly behind.(flipside of the front.) The small porch, lower left is where the bars outside seating was.
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As you can see they started boarding up windows and doorways. I wonder how long it will sit. Too bad. It could have been quite a place with the right owner. Now theres rumor my bank wants to put in drive through and make the hotel property parking. tears *sarcasm* yeah that will bring lots of people to town rolz I wish someone had done something sooner. Jerks. It had 4 retail spots along the front. More reasons to come to town. now dead emptyness.


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