A large, two-alarm fire destroyed a building that used to house an antique store in Henry County on Wednesday night.
The fire was reported at about 6:20 p.m. at 414 North Market St.
The three-story building was once the home of 414 Furniture and Antique Mall, which closed three years ago.
Several neighboring communities sent fire crews to assist at the scene. Crews were able to contain the fire to one building.
"I was a block down the road and I felt the heat, and I had to step back," said Amanda Carter of the Pot of Gold Pawn Shop across the street. "It just seems like the whole community gathered to watch the building burn. The direction of the wind last night, it actually carried it behind it. If it had been the other direction, I don't think our pawn shop would be standing here because it was a mighty blaze."
There's no electricity running inside, leaving fire officials still trying to figure out what could've started the fire.
"We know there have been frequent visitors, kids and vagrants," said Chief Michael Williams of the Paris Fire Department. "We're not sure what started it. It's still under investigation at this time."
"As quick as it happened, I don't think if anyone had been in there they would've had the chance to get out," Carter added.
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