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Fire strikes old grocery store


A firefighter works Wednesday to extinguish flames in the ceiling of the former Rink’s Grocery between Maiden and Lincolnton.


Staff Writer


Fire officials are investigating what started a blaze that incinerated a former Lincoln County grocery store Wednesday afternoon.

The incident occurred sometime between noon and 1 p.m. at a storage building, previously Rinks Grocery, located at 4376 Maiden Highway, authorities said.

Crews with North 321 Fire Department noted that flames were leaping out of the building’s windows when they arrived on scene.

They said tankers were additionally called to the site to help extinguish the large-scale fire, which Fire Marshal Mike Futrell said appeared to have started in the ceiling area of the first floor before spreading to the building’s second floor.

No one lived in the building, authorities said. Futrell noted that the owner had been using the building to store personal tools and other household items.

Additional responding agencies included firefighters from Boger City, Lincolnton, South Fork and Pumpkin Center along with Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services, Lincoln County Rescue Squad and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

The Fire Marshal’s Office is conducting an ongoing investigation into the blaze. The building is not considered a total loss.



Image courtesy of Ray Gora / Lincoln Times-News

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