PHOTOS: Fire destroys historic Elba Chamber of Commerce building

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ELBA, Ala. (WDHN) — A fire was reported at the Elba Chamber of Commerce and Main Street building just before midnight on Monday night.

The historic building on Putnam Street in downtown Elba and was mostly destroyed by the fire.

According to the Elba Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Sandy Williams, multiple units responded to Elba Fire Department, Elba Police Department, as well as the other responding fire units from Enterprise, Opp, and New Brockton. Enterprise Rescue was also on scene.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

The house survived the 1929 and 1990 floods.  

Some history about the building, the house was purchased by Pauline Stinson from F. M. Rushing on March 29, 1903.  The African American family owned the home for 102 years.  It was located on Claxton St, one block south of the Coffee County Courthouse near the Pea River.

It was built in the late 1800s. The City of Elba acquired the property from Juliette CarolynStinson Brown on February 20, 2002, and moved the house a few yards east on Putnam St. to be used by the Elba Chamber of Commerce.

The home had to be moved as it was in the path of the new levee being built around the city. It was recently named as an Alabama Historic Landmark.

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