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SBI investigates cause of business fire in Wallace

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(Source: Brittney Hollingsworth) (Source: Brittney Hollingsworth)

WALLACE, NC (WECT) – The smell of smoke lingered in downtown Wallace Monday after an industrial building, once known as the Super 10, caught fire Sunday evening around 5:30pm.

The Wallace Fire Department and Duplin County EMS crews worked with firefighters from surrounding counties to put out the flames on the second floor of the building, which is located at the corner of Main Street and College Road.  It took nearly two hours to knock out the blaze.

[Click here to see a slideshow of the fire]

The old store is still standing and is structurally and only a minor thumb injury was reported.

Wallace fire investigators teamed up with the SBI's arson team Monday, taking a look inside the burnt out remains of the old facility.  This Halloween fire is a haunting reminder of the string of arson fires that have hit the Wallace area in recent years.

The historical 12,000 square foot building has been empty and up for sale for months.  Signs in the window advertise "BeachHouseAuction.com" and indicate the Auctioneer as Jess Yates. Mr. Yates could not be reached by telephone for more information about his property on Monday.

Investigators are still working to find a cause of the flames to determine whether or not it was a crime.

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