GLENNVILLE, Ga. (WSAV) – A large fire broke out at McCurdy’s on Main Sunday evening.
Witnesses tell News 3 the building, located on S Veterans Blvd., caught fire just after 5:50 p.m.
A gift shop staple of Glennville, started by a mother in the 70’s – given to her daughter – and now gone.
Among the charred pieces of this business beloved in Glennville, Lisa Barry says there are also so many emotions.
“It was total heartbreak, you know. I was here before the fire department got here and my heart just dropped,” said store owner Lisa Barry
Glennville Fire Chief Dale Barnard is calling the building, located on the 200 block of S Veterans Blvd., a total loss.
“All the merchandise is damaged,” says Chief Barnard, “I have not physically been inside the building yet because it’s not to the point where I can go in, but everything seems to be gone.”
The shop that sold purses, among other gifts, was gutted by this fire yesterday. The flames were so intense that the building, a shed, and this van in the parking lot all burned. No one was here when the fire started, Lisa says she’s thankful for that. But the toll of those flames took much more than just the stuff inside.
“It was her baby,” said Barry. “It was the thing she enjoyed more than anything else.”
This store – McCurdy’s – was somewhat a gift to her. Started in the 70s by Lisa’s mom, who simply loved to be a popular part of their small town.
“She enjoyed McCurdy’s, and she enjoyed the community. And just enjoyed having it here for the community,” Barry said.
Chief Barnard says it’s “going to be awhile” before they figure out what caused the fire.
Tougher than seeing what’s left – the decisions that the days ahead will bring. Thankfully, there’s insurance, but not so clear Lisa says is the choice of what’s next.
“It’s a process. So, I’m going to give it a few days and see where to go from here,” Barry said.
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