ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — A fire in Enterprise burned downtown businesses and it started at All About Art in the area where the kiln was located.
The fire just before 6 Sunday morning.
When crews arrived, the corner of Main Street was engulfed in flames.
An hour into fighting the fire, Enterprise Fire Chief Christopher Davis called in an all-points bulletin, which saw crews from Troy, Elba, New Brockton, and Battens Volunteer Fire arrive to help fight it.
“They showed up,” Enterprise Fire Chief Christopher Davis said. “They could’ve easily ignored their phones. Multiple senior firefighters and officers entered some of the structures and stated it was one of the hottest they had ever been into and they went into that blind. Not able to see a thing.”
After talking with insurance investigators and adjustors, Chief Davis says they are leaning towards the buildings being a total loss.
“That’s their whole livelihood,” Chief Davis said. “So our goal is to support them in any way that we can.”
The city of Enterprise is also waiting to hear what the insurance people have to say to determine how the city may be able to help the affected business owners and then come up with a plan of reopening one of the many historic corners of Enterprise.
“I think the mayor and the council are very receptive to trying to help these businesses and these families,” Enterprise City Administrator, Jonathan Tullos said. “They are an integral part of our community.”
As of right now, it is a game of waiting to see what comes of the insurance’s investigation.
“All in all, we ask our citizens to be patient and to be supportive in what we are trying to do is doing what we need to do to get those buildings back in place and to make sure nobody is hurt while we are working on them,” Enterprise Mayor, William Cooper said.
This corner of Main Street is still blocked off, as they are still investigating and also making sure the buildings are structurally sound. So Chief Davis asks that people continue to be patient and try to find alternate routes.