Loss of business to fire is big economic hit to town

Fire at lumber company has economic impact on town
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

HOXIE, AR (KAIT) - An overnight fire in Lawrence County destroyed a business's storefront, which will likely cost the city some tax money.

The Hoxie Lumber Company's main building caught on fire just after 11 p.m. Monday.

When the Hoxie Fire Department arrived on scene the front section of the building was already fully involved, with flames showing through the front doors and roof.

Hoxie Fire Chief Chris Ditto said the fire spread quickly because of the flammable materials inside the business, like paint and paint thinners.

Ditto added the building is a total loss.

Several residents told a Region 8 News reporter on the scene that they were shocked and saddened to hear that the store burnt down.

"It is hard for the community," Ditto said. "It's the local lumber yard. Everybody came here to get their lumber and materials for their house."

It could also be hurtful to the City of Hoxie.

"It's also an impact to our community because of sales tax dollars coming in," Ditto said. "But Square Post Buildings is open, they are still going to build their square post buildings, their metal buildings, and keep moving forward."

Business owner Paul Forrester said the construction work for Square Post Buildings is what he is focusing on right now while he works with insurance to find out what the next step is for the store.

Arkansas State Police is working with the Hoxie Fire Department to investigate the cause of the fire.

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