Scottsboro Fire: One Year Later

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – Friday marked the one year anniversary of the fire that destroyed an office at the Downtown Scottsboro Square and threatened to spread.

The city will soon take steps to rebuild the front of what was the derrick real estate offices. Investigators said lightning started the fire at 4:00 a.m. last January 11th. The city of Scottsboro tore down the unit in June, leaving an empty alley. This was after the owners sold the property to the city for just one dollar.

Mayor Melton Potter said, “We saved a lot of the bricks when we tore the building down so we’re going to use as many of those bricks as possible to erect that facade.”

The city is waiting for the neighboring offices to finish their renovations. The front wall facade will blend in with the rest of the downtown square, and they will seal off the back as well.