Downtown Enterprise fire deemed “accidental”

The fire is believed to have started near the kiln in the All About Art Studio.
The fire is believed to have started near the kiln in the All About Art Studio.
Published: Oct. 20, 2022 at 9:47 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2022 at 9:56 AM CDT
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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) - Enterprise Fire Chief Christopher Davis and Mayor William E. Cooper held a Thursday meeting where they revealed the cause of a fire that took out 3 downtown businesses and a residential building on Sunday.

According to Davis, the fire has been deemed as accidental and is believed to have started in the All About Art Studio near the kiln.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office arrived in Enterprise on Monday to assist with the investigation.

This morning, Fire Chief Davis expressed his gratitude to all who stepped up on Sunday, especially his crew.

He explained that the success of the event is on the shoulders of the men and women of the Enterprise Fire Department. They showed up in force and contained the fire from spreading.

“Multiple senior firefighters and officers who entered some of the structures, stated that it was the hottest one they had ever been into, and they went into that blind, without being able to see things. So, not to get mushy, but to every single person that showed up, our crew, you’re my heroes, I absolutely appreciate it. If there’s anything anybody didn’t like, that’s my responsibility,” Davis said.

When asked if the businesses affected would be total losses, Davis said that would be deferred to the insurance investigators but that in conversation with these investigators he believes they will be a loss. “I hate to see that, but I hope if that is the case, they are able to come back and rebuild.”

West College Street from Main Street to Railroad Street remains closed at this time, with no timetable at this time for when it is going to reopen.

Cooper thanked the community for their support for the fire department, and said that the community is working in unity to put things together to help rebuild what was lost.

Enterprise Fire is expected to retain a presence at this time as they still keep an eye out for hotspots in the area of the fire.

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