VIDEO: Two Buildings Destroyed In Downtown Clarksville Fire

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CLARKSVILLE (KFSM) - A fire in downtown Clarksville destroyed two buildings and damaged two others on Monday (Feb. 2). Crews worked throughout the morning to stop the fire from spreading to other buildings along the downtown strip.

The fire started in the attic of a clothing shop on Main Street around 5:40 a.m. Monday, according to Clarksville Fire Chief Clark Gray.  By 9 a.m., the fire had destroyed the store and a vacant building next door.

"It was about 20 degrees and all of our trucks were covered with ice, we were covered with ice and the street was covered with ice," Gray said. "We couldn't walk. It made it quite difficult."

Arkansas Cycle Works, a motorcycle shop next door, sustained damage from the fire, but crews dousing it with water saved the building, according to Gray.

"It has been a horrible Monday," Arkansas Cycle Works manager Josh Harrison said.  "Just wondering if we are going to have a shop left when it's all said and done."

Firefighters also worked to make sure a fourth building, Jackson's Heating & Air Conditioning, did not catch fire.

"They both got some smoke and water damage, but it's not real bad," Gray said. "Cycle Works got more water damage. The other business hardly got any water damage."

Traffic was diverted downtown as crews battled the flames. Cherry Street and Main Street were closed from 5:40 a.m. until about 12:30 p.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire chief said that he does not expect anything suspicious at this time.

No injuries have been reported.

8 comments

    • Felipa

      It truly is a shame that the news reporters keep saying it was a vacant building. They were everything, but vacant! It was a western wear, formal wear, and unique custom made leather boots, belts and other leather collectibles (mostly imported and handmade). Very expensive and quality items. It truly is a shame that the fire department was too “frozen and cold” to do their job, instead they let both buildings burn to then use their machinery to bring to the ground…I’m wondering if the response had been the same had these buildings belonged to a non-Hispanic person (food for thought)…

    • Anon

      The fire started next to the cycle shop, not in it. The report is incorrect. The cycle shop is still standing! Not to worry, Britt it seems to be mostly okay.

  • Cowboy Nick

    Shame a fire of this magnitude happened in Clarksville as these buildings were occupied by businesses serving local community! If it had been Ozark who would have cared! There building are nothing but yard sale stores open one day and closed the next or they are empty with dirty windows and filled with junk! Such a nasty lookin town! So depressing to drive thru Ozark! Best view of Ozark is in your rear view mirror leaving the trash behind!

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