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Thrift store fire accidental
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Thursday, November 29, 2012 4:25 PM

UPDATE: The fire at Hope's Light Thrift Store has been ruled accidental following an investigation by the Indiana State Fire Marshal's office and Lawrenceburg Fire investigators. Total damage is at $250,000, with $175,000 on the building and $75,000 for the contents, said Patrick Myers, Lawrenceburg assistant fire chief.

Major damage was confined to Hope's Light Thrift Store, 1099 W. Eads Parkway, U.S. 50, Lawrenceburg, after a fire was reported at 8:13 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, thanks to fire breaks in the JTS Plaza.

Lawrenceburg Fire Chief Johnnie Tremain said at just after 11 a.m. he did not have a dollar estimate yet on damage.

One woman was in the thrift store, formerly home to PetStuff, at the time, and did leave the building safely.

Meanwhile, Lawrenceburg Building Inspector Carl Fryman was expecting to turn electric service back on to most plaza businesses by noon after inspecting them, he said.

“The fire stops did their job,” he said.

Tremain said there was residual smoke in many businesses including Zorba's, Jeweler's Box, and others. Firefighters were venting the businesses with fans.

Pirate's Den, the National Guard Recruiting Office, and Dominoes had varying degrees of water damage as well as smoke damage, said Tremain.

It took several hours to get the fire out, due to the nature of the store, but by 10:45 a.m. It was out and U.S. 50 re-opened at about 11 a.m. The highway was shut down at about 8:30, said a Dearborn County dispatcher.

In addition to Lawrenceburg Fire Department, utility and civil city crews, Aurora, Greendale and Bright fire departments were aided by fire departments from Miami and Whitewater townships, Ohio, and Hebron, Boone County, Kentucky, said Steve Ober with the Miami Township Fire Department.

There were 50 firefighters battling the blaze, with the Lawrenceburg life squad and AFD Rehab unit also on the scene, said Ober.

Dillsboro, Rising Sun and Delhi fire departments also were called up to stand by for any other incidents, said Myers.

The fire also caused a jury trial slated to continue this morning to be delayed, since several jurors could not get to the courthouse due to U.S. 50 being closed. Before the highway re-opened, traffic was being detoured over Ind. 48, Ind. 148 and Wilson Creek Road.

Additional reporting by Chandra L. Mattingly

Last Updated on Friday, November 30, 2012 2:12 PM