CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A business that thrived for decades on East 36th Street near the Plaza is now gone due to a fire.
The Charlotte Fire Department says the fire was accidental and estimates the total loss at $160,000, but the community has lost much more than money.
Flames and smoke swallowed the rooftop of 1210 36th Street Tuesday night. Neighbors say they couldn't look away. "You could see the smoke all the way over here to other peoples' houses. You can breathe it and smell it and it was just something to see," said Jamon Currence.
The Charlotte Fire department says after their investigation the cause of the fire was accidental due to an electrical problem.
Firefighters say no one was hurt during the fire and they managed to save two dogs that were inside. One person was living in the home that had a couple of apartments and the consignment shop. That person has been displaced.
Wednesday morning clean up crews were boarding up the business on the first floor, Sir Joseph's Clothing. A pile of what was in the consignment shop was outside soaked by water from hoses and from the rain.
The shop sold more than just clothing. "He had anything that people needed from clothing, records, to cologne, shoes, just anything anybody needed he seemed to have had," said Charles Williams.
Williams owns the barber shop, Heads Up, next door, "when you went in there he was like an inspirational leader as well." he said, "He talked to people and befriended people. We're really going to miss him right here at Christmas."
On Christmas Eve customers at the barbershop were getting ready for the holidays, they say they can only imagine what their neighbor who was put out of business due to the fire is going through. "We should always be happy at Christmas but something like that to happen I'm quite sure he's devastated," Williams said.
The owner of Sir Joseph's Clothing was not available to speak Wednesday. The owner of the building was out looking at the building with an insurance adjuster.
No word if they plan to rebuild. He said the owner of Sir Joseph's has been a tenant for more than the 25 years he has owned the building.
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