DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A popular landmark in the western Wiregrass burned down Monday night.
Around 9:30 p.m. the call came for mutual assistance from the Opp Fire Department to all surrounding fire stations in Covington and Coffee counties to fight a formidable blaze.
Unfortunately, Doc’s Country Store and Restaurant is a total loss. It has served the area for over 15 years, selling clothing, shoes, gift items, and hot meals.
Opp Fire Chief Cory Spurlin says firefighters were advised to keep the flames from spreading, which they successfully did. At the time the fire started, the business was closed. Spurlin says he believes it started in the back of the business, or in the kitchen area.
“It’s heartbreaking to lose something in the city,” Spurlin said. “My guys and the other departments did everything we could to contain it and keep it to one single building, I’m proud of that.”
“Oh I cried, I couldn’t stand it,” Opp Mayor Becky Bracke said. “I’m really close to Steve and Elaine and it hurt me to see something being destroyed that they worked so hard for. They put their heart into this and they love the community.”
The owners, Veterinarian Dr. Steve Boothe and his wife, Elaine, were too distraught to talk to the media. WDHN News we’re told that they were thankful to first responders who kept the flames contained to their business. The surrounding buildings of the booth family museum were spared.
The Alabama State Fire Marshal’s office is working with Opp fire to determine a cause for the blaze.