Neighboring businesses spared in Craig thrift shop fire
Editor’s note: This report has been edited to reflect the owner of The Dog and I pet groomer declined to be identified.
A fire at a local thrift shop open for less than six months damaged the inside of the small shop, but hasn’t phased the adjoining businesses in the small shopping center across from Craig’s Walmart.
Fire Chief KC Hume said Craig Fire/Rescue responded to the Sassy But Classy Thrift Shop about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 to find a small fire in a back area of the shop.
“We were there probably for an hour-and-a-half, but the fire was brought under control relatively quickly after we arrived on the scene,” Hume said Wednesday.
Fire investigators determined the cause of the fire and confirmed it to the Craig Press.
“The cause and origin investigation determined the fire started in an enclosed area, sort of like a closet,” Hume said. “It started in the unit itself. The cause was the improper usage of a power strip and extension cords on one circuit.”
At least one business nearby sustained heavy smoke inundation and the aroma of charred clothes and wood could still be smelled Wednesday in the units.
Though they declined to be quoted in the Craig Press, the owner of the The Dog and I pet grooming said they were still open for business Wednesday.
Hume confirmed first responders worked Tuesday night to make sure any animals at the groomer were safe and accounted for.
“We worked with the owners and representatives from The Dog and I and we assisted them with some animals who were uninjured,” Hume said.
Daniel Wright, manager of Health Works in the shopping center, said he was grateful no one was injured and the fire was extinguished quickly.
“They did a fantastic job containing the fire and putting it out,” Wright said.
Had the fire spread, Wright’s shop, as well as The Dog and I and Turning Heads Salon all could have suffered heavy losses as the buildings were vacant at the time.
“It could’ve been a heck of a lot worse,” Wright said. “We’re very glad.”
4:19 a.m. On the 900 block of Industrial Avenue, police in Craig responded to a state parks related incident. Craig police said someone was looking around a business with flashlights, but police found the business secure and no crime had been committed.