Fire destroys Hazelwood fabric store

By DeeAnna Haney | Apr 22, 2013
Photo by: Matthew Wilkerson

A fire broke out in downtown Hazelwood at Motif Fabric shop Monday evening, destroying nearly everything inside and heavily damaging the building.

When fire fighters arrived on the scene around 9:06 p.m., they saw flames coming out of two windows on the side of the old brick building, said Waynesville Fire Chief Joey Webb Sr.

"We circled the building and attacked it from both sides," Webb said, adding it appears the fire started from within the building.

The fire was extinguished quickly, but fire fighters spent about two hours getting rid of smoke and "hot spots" in the ceiling.

There was some smoke damage in the old Hazelwood Pharmacy, which is attached to the fabric shop building. Building owner Duke James said he now only uses the building for storage. That building was built in 1948, but the building that Motif occupied was built just after World War II, said James. It was originally Ralph's Grocery Store, he said.

Webb said the fabric store was heavily damaged but no one was injured in the fire.

Waynesville Fire Department, Saunook Fire Department, Maggie Valley Fire Department, Center Pigeon Fire Department, Waynesville Police Department, Haywood County Rescue Squad and EMS all responded to the scene.