Guntersville business, The Frugal Decorator, destroyed by fire

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Guntersville business is deemed a total loss after a fire destroyed the structure Friday morning.

The fire at The Frugal Decorator started around 6 a.m. Friday. “We started using all of our resources, not just a specific engine from a specific station,” Guntersville Fire Chief Jeffrey Tongate says.

The flames were finally put out around noon. Firefighters had to call in more assistance to help with the effort and with traffic control on Highway 431 North, Blount Avenue. Traffic was blocked down to one lane while crews worked to fight the fire.

Firefighters say because of the many items inside the furniture and antique consignment shop, putting the flames out proved to be difficult. “We just couldn’t get back there,” Chief Tongate says, “We had to climb over a lot of fuel, obstacles, to get to the seed of the fire, that’s why it takes so long.”

Local fire departments, including Alder Springs, were called in to help. Crews from around Marshall County and entities in Guntersville also responded. “There’s a lot of agencies involved in this type of operation and we’ve had a great response,” Chief Tongate says.

He says no one was inside when firefighters got there. One firefighter was injured from the heat, but he is doing fine now.

Sadly, The Frugal Decorator is believed to be a total loss. Officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

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