May 2, 2007
Albany -- Dry conditions may have contributed to a fire that caused extensive damage at one of the oldest black-owned businesses in south Georgia. Elliot Funeral home has been in business for 107 years.
Tuesday night about nine o'clock, fire destroyed the garage at the mortuary on South Jefferson Street along with two hearses and two limousines inside.
Investigators think a discarded cigarette may have ignited dry leaves which then caught the garage on fire. Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to the main building.
Owner Milton Shepherd says he does have a service this Saturday. He'll likely have to depend on friends at other funeral homes to loan him vehicles for that service until he is able to replace those destroyed.