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July 6, 2004

Quitman - Candice Christian shops at the Quitman Family Dollar store for just about everything. "Baby clothes, cleaning supplies, things like that," said Christian.

But she won't be making her daily shopping trip there today. All that's left of her favorite store is cement blocks and smoldering ashes. "I was shocked, because I had to go in there," said Christian.

About 15 minutes after the store closed last night, the 25-year-old building was completely engulfed in flames. Investigators from the state fire marshals office spent today sorting through the rubble, hoping to find some answers. "They're trying to figure out where it started and what started it," said Quitman Fire Chief Robert Durden.

About $200,000 worth of store merchandise was destroyed. All that's left inside is a few cokes and oatmeal cream pies. "It's a total loss," said Chief Durden.

And with very few stores in this town that sell the basic necessities, it's a loss that may drive loyal customers like Candice to other towns. "Gas prices are higher now and now we'll just have to drive to Wal-Mart" said Christian. "That's 15 to 20 minutes just to get the supplies we need."

She hopes the store will relocate or rebuild soon, bringing back the quick and convenient shopping she's missing.

posted at 4:10 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com