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Early morning fire destroys landmark in Buchanan County

Early morning fire destroys landmark in Buchanan County

A Buchanan County business is destroyed after an early morning fire.

The Oakwood Fire Chief said the building once housed Flowers Bakery and now belongs to Simpson Attachments.

Reports came in just after 1:30 Wednesday morning, and when firefighters responded, the building was engulfed in flames.

The building is used to repair equipment.

Although Flowers Bakery closed down a few years ago, residents we talked to say the building is a landmark in Buchanan County, so seeing it burned down, isn't easy.

"It was just mind blowing that it had burned," Grundy resident Sandra Zachrich said.

The building is owned by Robert Simpson. Investigators said it's used for construction equipment and sales.

Zachrich said she used to visit the building often when it was a bakery.

"I would still refer if I had to meet anybody halfway, I'd still say the bakery," she said.

Officials said it's a loss to the community.

"It's been here several years. It's a landmark everybody knows so it's a shock to the community," Buchanan County Chief Deputy Eddie Stiltner said.

Virginia State Police are investigating how the fire started, but they said they do not suspect foul play.

In addition to the building, a truck parked nearby was also destroyed.

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