VINTON – The city has torn down walls of two businesses that were hit by fire Thursday night.
The remaining exterior walls at Michael & Dowd Furniture and Clingman Pharmacy were removed because they were unstable and presented a danger, according to city officials.
The blaze broke out at the furniture store and spread to the pharmacy building and nearby Fischer Law Firm before it was brought under control.
Because debris from the roof and upper floor collapsed, firefighters struggled to reach the fire in the basements of Michael & Dowd and Clingman that continued to burn and send up smoke over the weekend. On Sunday, the Vinton Fire Department was able to extinguish most of the remaining basement fires with the help of a demolition contractor and heavy equipment, city officials said.
Power was restored to neighboring businesses Friday, and the city planned to reopen the streets in the area of the fire Monday.