SPENCER, W.Va. — A major fire shrouded downtown Spencer in a cloud of thick smoke Monday morning.
Firefighters from the Spencer Volunteer Fire Department, all other Roane County Fire Departments, and some from neighboring Jackson County responded to the blaze which broke out before 7 a.m. in the downtown near the Roane County Courthouse.
Roane County 911 posted this information to their Facebook page,
“A major structure fire in the courthouse square has closed much of the area on Church Street. The power is off all around the courthouse square, including the courthouse, and cannot be restored until the fire is out and the fire marshal clears the area. Lots of smoke in the area, so please avoid downtown if possible.”
Witnesses tell MetroNews the structure on fire is actually in a block of businesses across the street from the courthouse. According to bystanders the main business is Legacy Market, but there are at least five other businesses in the block which are impacted by the blaze, including a gun store, small restaurant, and a clothing store.
The fire broke out before 7 a.m. A cause is not known
All power and other utilities in the downtown area of Spencer are off. A number of residents and many who work in the downtown area have been evacuated due to the heavy smoke.