Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

January 1, 2014

Tazewell building damaged by fire may have to come down

TAZEWELL, Va. — Local firefighters returned four times Wednesday to a downtown Tazewell building damaged by a major blaze while local officials prepare to determine whether it must be demolished.

The building housing GuRu’s Then & Now Thrift Store, a jewelry store, a law office and three apartments was severely damaged Tuesday evening by fire. The Town of Tazewell Fire Department returned to the scene four times Wednesday when the fire rekindled. Neighboring buildings had some smoke and water damage.

“We had a fight last night, but it was a success story,” said Lt. Jason Kiser, a Tazewell firefighter. “There wasn’t the first injury, firefighter or civilian.”

Fire Chief Jason Robert said the concern now is whether the building is structurally sound.

“We start on it first thing (Thursday) morning to see what we can do,” said Donny Pruitt, code inspector for the town of Tazewell.


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