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Fire hits Greene Street shop
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Posted on June 02 2011, 12:19am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Raises new concerns about downtown fire safety.
Firefighters at the scene of a Tuesday morning blaze that damaged
the Del Sol T-shirt shop on Greene Street.
A fire in the Del Sol T-shirt shop at 1269 Greene Street early Tuesday morning was quickly suppressed, but fire officials say it was a narrow escape from a catastrophe with the potential to destroy the heart of downtown.
The fire occurred in the Posey and Wingate Building, which was built in 1880 and is probably the oldest commercial brick building in western Colorado, at the corner of 13th and Greene streets. The building also houses San Juan Sweets, Handlebars restaurant and the Storyteller Indian Store.
San Juan County Deputy John Jacobs said he was driving down Greene Street shortly after 6 a .m. when he saw Patti Blackmore checking out the T-shirt shop. She told him there was smoke in the Del Sol shop and Jacobs immediately called it in.
Silverton San Juan Fire Department Chief Gilbert Archuleta said the call came in at about 6:15 a.m.
He said the first fire truck was on the scene in four minutes.

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TruthWillSetUFree on June 02 2011, 6:47pm
The owners worked SO hard to set up their shop for the 2011 summer tourist season.  They are some of the nicest people I know.  I hope whoever set their store on fire will be found and prosecuted! I bet arson carries a substantial prison sentence and probably restitution.  I wonder if that person knew they could have burned down the town with some of the oldest historic buildings in Colorado.  What type of person would do this to these hard working people?  I'm sure if they had a conscience, they would not be able to sleep at night, and will have to live with the guilt and stress of being caught. It's a small town, they will be found out.  I hear the police department is all over the case.