York Businesses Devastated by Fire

York, Ala. Everyone was able to get out uninjured after a blaze started inside a business in Downtown York, Alabama. The businesses located at the intersection of Broad Street and 4th Avenue, were severely damaged after the blaze that started in the Nails & Toes Salon quickly engulfed the entire building. This fire comes just two days after the Old Sumter County High School Gym caught fire just two blocks north of the businesses. Director of Public Safety Brian S. Harris says that due to the buildings structure, it allowed the fire to spread easily.

"On arrival I spoke to some of the firefighters," said Harris. "I'm not sure what started the fire, but the reason for the fire spread is the building construction. The type of building construction that this building has is a common roof all the way across and that made it spread pretty easy."

With the building fully engulfed, several backup was requested to help put out the fire. 5 fire departments from Alabama and 2 from Lauderdale County were on hand to assist York. Lauderdale County water tankers used upwards of 50,000 gallons of water to put out the fire. Livingston Fire Department was on hand with their ladder truck to attack the blaze from the sky while the other remaining departments worked to combat the fire from the ground. The owner of the building Ali Shohatee, says he is grateful there were no injuries in the fire.

"I hope they turn the fire off that's my main concern," said Shohatee "I'm happy everyone is out of the building, all my renters. None of the customers had anything happen to them. I just received the call, came down, and now I'm just waiting till they turn it off.

Officers were on hand, to direct traffic around 4th avenue as well as to keep bystanders at a distance. The two gas stations that were located next to the fire, escaped any damage as firefighters worked to contain the fire.

Sumter County Fire Services responded, along with the towns of York and Livingston, as well as Alamucha and Toomsuba volunteers from Mississippi.