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Fire Destroys Pendleton Antique Store

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Pendleton, S.C. -

A Tuesday morning fire at an antique store in downtown Pendleton is under investigation.

Fire crews were called to Blue Ridge Antiques and Refinishing on East Main Street around 5 a.m. Pendleton's fire chief says that the flames were contained to just the one building, but the roof collapsed and the store is a total loss.

"It's just got a lot of old, old lumber and wood in it, plus all of the furniture in there that is being refinished," said Pendleton Fire Chief Bobby Pruitt. "It had a lot of fuel.

Crews had to fight the flames and smoke from the exterior of the store as a result.

Fire crews don't know what started it, but believe it will burn for much of Tuesday because of the number of flammable materials inside the business.

The brick walls of the building helped contain the fire. "The walls are so thick on it, the walls have actually held the heat in where it didn't really radiate out and put any of the other buildings in danger," said Pruitt.

No injuries have been reported, but some firefighters needed to take breaks because of the heat.

The fire remains under investigation.

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