Centerville Building Burns in an Early Morning Fire

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Just before 4:30 Thursday morning, a strip center of office buildings located in the downtown square of Centerville caught fire. It took firefighters almost six hours to contain the morning fire.

Bill Vest, Leon County's Public Information Officer, says, "The building was entirely consumed. There's been a tremendously strong wind out here, probably 25 to 30 miles per hour right out of the north. We were concerned because there are residents back behind this and there's also the Leon County Post Office. These were all very much at risk."

All of the county's volunteer firefighters were at the scene trying to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby homes and businesses. The 4,000-square-foot building was home to a chiropractor’s office and a storage facility.

Although county officials are looking into what caused the fire, investigators believe an electrical spark is to blame.

Johnny Franks, Centerville Volunteer Fire Chief, says, "It was a small fire in the back room, then it started burning at that point and got into the attic area, which is this whole building, and it was just hard to stop it at that point."

There were no injuries, and the total amount of damages is still unknown, but the more than 40-year-old building is totally destroyed. An arson investigator is looking into the fire as standard procedure.