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Blaze damages local tobacco store

Friday, February 19, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- A Thursday evening fire resulted in extensive loss for a local business owner.

At 6:25 p.m., Greencastle Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at Mikey's Tobacco Shop, 5 Putnam Plaza. Greencastle Police were the first to arrive on the scene, finding the front windows black and water from sprinklers rushing under the locked front door.

Firefighters arrived on the scene at 6:31 p.m. and had the blaze under control by 6:57 p.m. Greencastle Fired Department assistant chief Jeff Mace said two sprinkler heads kept the fire at bay until crews arrived.

"The guys did a really good job of getting in there and cutting it down before it spread," Mace said.

Besides Greencastle fire and police, other agencies on the scene were Cloverdale, Madison Township, Bainbridge and Fillmore fire departments, as well as the Bainbridge command center, Operation Life, Putnam County Sheriff's Department and Putnam County Health Department.

The store, owned by Michael Coons, sustained significant fire and water damage. Mace estimated property damage to be $25,000 and $100,000 for contents.

The fire started in the counter area, and while no official cause has been determined, electrical has not been ruled out.

Smoke spread to the two adjacent businesses, Great China Buffet and T and T Nails. Both were evacuated. T and T sustained some water damage, while Great China Buffet had to be shut down for the evening and all food discarded.

Crews cleared the scene at 9:05 p.m.

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I heard these fire engine sirens earlier in the evening, but does anyone know why the tornado siren went off around 9:15pm on Thursday night?

-- Posted by Light in the Dark on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 9:27 PM

Apparently they have been having some problems with the tornado sirens when they call the other outlying agencies in. I guess it has happened in the past as well when G-Castle calls out other communities like Cloverdale, Bainbridge, etc...

-- Posted by Purdue_fan on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 1:54 AM

Hey, UMad. Your comment is totally funny. I was thinking the same thing.

-- Posted by Hairy Tiger on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 7:31 AM

But the tornado sirens happened at 9:15 - well after the outlying agencies had already come and gone (I live just down the street from the Tobacco Store). And a neighbor said he heard the tornado sirens again around 2 am.

-- Posted by Isa40 on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 7:51 AM

I was at TSC around 6:45 or so. I didn't even know we had that many fire trucks and Sheriff department cars!

-- Posted by PlatyPius on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 8:11 AM

Headline opportunity missed: "Smokes Up In Smoke"

-- Posted by born_and_raised on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 9:32 AM

Now where will I get my cigars!

-- Posted by obeone on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 9:58 AM

Don't try to be funny about this, it's a sad story. In the times we're in, this man pretty much lost his business, at least for a while. Let's show a little respect for the owner. He's a good guy, I hate to see this.

-- Posted by Mercidos on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 10:58 AM

UMad, if want attention, start your own blog elsewhere. And yes, Mike is the owner, didn't you read the article? Mike, sorry for your loss, hope you can reopen soon.

-- Posted by whatever4 on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 8:45 PM

Did anyone notify the BATF&E. Anybody consider the possibility this was a terrorist act done by an anti-smoking zealot?

-- Posted by exhoosier2 on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 11:43 AM

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