Fire crews monitoring hot spots after fire destroys businesses on Moulton square

MOULTON, Ala. - Several businesses were destroyed or damaged Monday night after a large fire broke out at a downtown restaurant in Moulton, according to officials.

Authorities responded to a fire around 8:10 p.m. at Court Street Grill in the Moulton square. According to officials, the fire started in the vacant, upstairs portion of the building and the temperature reached 1200 degrees making it difficult to put out.

Citizens from around Moulton were in the square all day Tuesday, looking at a historic area being demolished. Well-known places such as the Courthouse Diner, Deja Vu salon, and Tucker's Auto and Body Shop were just a few that were impacted.

Residents say they have very fond memories from this area, some since they were kids and they hope the city will rebuild.

Moulton Fire Chief Ryan Jolly says they have a plan in place going forward. "Right now, it's going to be trying to contain hot spots. We are going to have some contractors come in and they're going to demolish parts of the building into pieces, try to tear out some deficient structural components that would be at risk for collapse or injuring passersby."

They plan to continue monitoring for now, but we are told the investigation into what caused the fire will take at least a few weeks.

There will be a prayer service taking place on the courthouse lawn on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Multiple fire departments including Moulton, Decatur, Courtland, and Hillsboro showed up to battle the flames.

Fire crews say they cut the power to the surrounding area while they fight the fire.

No injuries were reported.

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