Valdosta package store catches fire

Valdosta Store Fire

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Hill Street Booze, on the corner of Central and Jones Street in Valdosta was the scene of a blaze involving its attic Monday morning.

Smoke was seen coming from the roof, and Valdosta firefighters found a smoldering fire in the attic, which they quickly extinguished. They expect that their investigation will show that the cause will be electrical.

No injuries were reported, and there was minor damage to the building

Luckily, there were employees in the building at the time, so VFD was notified quickly.

UPDATE:

Police are investigating the cause of a fire in at Hill Street Booze in Valdosta near the corner of Central and Jones Street.

We spoke with the owners, who didn’t want to go on camera, but they shared that they believe the age of the building may have contributed to the fire.

The Valdosta Fire Department (VFD) responded to a call of a fire at about 8 a.m. this morning.

When they arrived, smoke was seen coming from the roof of the building.

Firefighters found a smoldering fire in the attic, which they quickly extinguished.

Investigators are still investigating the cause, but I spoke the assistant fire chief about what they are speculating.

“Based on the cause and origin determination of the fire around the junction box— like I said, it’s still under investigation—but at this time, we are leaning more towards electrical," said Assistant Fire Chief, Brian Boutwell.

There were no injuries were reported, and there was minor damage to the building

We spoke with the business owners who shared that two employees were in the building at the time, so VFD was notified quickly.

Boutwell says that this fire serves as a cautionary tale.

“Early detection is the key, smoke alarms, wired alarms that are monitored by alarm systems. The quicker we’re notified, it minimizes damage and allows us to respond faster," said Boutwell.

Boutwell says that he believes the owners can be back in business soon, after some minor repairs.

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