November 27, 2014

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2ND UPDATE — Florence Twp. building destroyed by fire

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Photo courtesy of Nick Schaffer

BIRMINGHAM — Officials are investigating a fire that destroyed a century-old building in Birmingham.

Country Craft Store, located on 15405 state Route 113, was a complete loss after a fire overnight Wednesday, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The call came in for the fire at about 12:05 a.m., and when firefighters arrived, fire was shooting out the windows and roof.

Florence Township Fire Chief Bill Rennie said fighting the fire was a challenge because crews had to haul in the water necessary to douse the blaze. The fire was fully extinguished around 4:30 a.m.

The Country Craft Store on state Route 113 in Birmingham was destroyed by a fire Wednesday. KARIE SPAETZEL/CHRONICLE

The Country Craft Store on state Route 113 in Birmingham was destroyed by a fire Wednesday. KARIE SPAETZEL/CHRONICLE

Rennie said 10 fire departments, including his, were needed to bring the fire under control.

Michael Duchesne, public information officer for the State Fire Marshal’s office, said heavy equipment also was required to extinguish the blaze.

Duchesne said at this time the fire is not being considered suspicious. The cause of the fire remains undetermined.

Anyone with information on the fire is asked to call the fire marshal’s tipline at 1-800-589-2728.

Birmingham’s post office and a pizzeria were destroyed in a March 2009 fire.

See Thursday’s paper for a complete story.