Fire crushes Spirits
Local ABC store tragically burns.
by ALLIE RICE
This article originally appeared in The Tiger on August 28, 2009 | PRINT

On Wednesday, August 5 at 1:29 pm, the Clemson Fire Department was dispatched to 1363 Tiger Boulevard, where the Tiger Spirits liquor store was ablaze.

“The smoke was all the way across the road. It was heavy and it was everywhere,” said Fire Marshall Kevin Christenbury. “We had trucks there from the Central, Pendleton, Oconee and Clemson departments.”

The firefighters initially attacked from the interior, but were later forced outside when the roof collapsed.

As the building was originally built in the 1940’s, it was no surprise that they structure did not last long in such fire.

There they set up a defensive attack using the aerial truck, and the trucks were eventually able to extinguish the fire.

It was not until six hours after the teams arrived on scene that 123 was re-opened to traffic and the fire and police departments dispersed.

The owner of the store, Raman Patel, rented the building from William Field of Liberty.

According to Christenbury, Patel lost more than $300,000 worth of liquor from a shipment that had recently come in.

Patel had no comment for the paper.

The building, which was declared in the right-of-way back when Tiger Boulevard expanded from a two-lane to a four-lane highway, is now unable to be rebuilt. It is unknown at this time what caused the fire and the investigation into the cause has been closed. Whether Tiger Spirits plans to relocate is also currently unknown.

“I really enjoyed their wall of whiskey,” said senior engineering major, Ryan Starnes. “I guess I’ll have to find somewhere else to pick up that perfect bottle of Jack.”

Also destroyed by the fire, was an apartment complex, leaving its residences displaced and with virtually no possessions. Local church, Fort Hill Presbyterian, will be taking donations to aid the family affected by this tragedy.

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