Fire guts downtown business

The Muzzy’s Alley “Junk Dynasty” building, formerly known as the Better Days Antiques, at the corner of Lee and Stuart streets, was gutted in a Saturday afternoon fire.

The cause of a spectacular Saturday afternoon fire which gutted a downtown Greenville business was still under investigation Monday,

“We did a couple of interviews today and I think we’ll have two more tomorrow,” Greenville Fire-Rescue Department Chief Jeremy Powell said Monday. “I feel like we’ll have a better idea in the next day or so.”

The 2400 block of Lee Street was still closed Monday while fire department investigators visited the scene attempting to determine the cause of the blaze which destroyed the Muzzy’s Alley “Junk Dynasty” building, formerly known as the Better Days Antiques, at the corner of Lee and Stuart streets.

The fire also damaged the structure to the rear of the property.

“The back wall and the roof of the building collapsed and caused the damage,” Powell said.

The initial calls came in at around 2:10 p.m. Saturday and within moments flame and thick smoke could be seen bursting from the top of the structure.

The smoke filled the downtown area and could be seen for miles.

Units with the Greenville Fire Department expanded the safety perimeter around the fire from Johnson Street to Stonewall Street as the winds began shifting out of the north at close to 30 mph, sparking fears the fire would spread to nearby buildings.

The fire was contained in about an hour, but units were still on scene mopping up hours later.

“We monitored it throughout the night,” Powell said. “We still had personnel out there through the next morning.”

There were no injuries reported as a result of the fire, which followed a wind storm on the evening of June 19 which heavily damaged several buildings downtown and elsewhere across Greenville.

“We were just very lucky the fire did not skip to the next building,” Powell said.