Fire destroys Salvation Army store in Jackson

djournal-fire-stockJACKSON (AP) – An early morning fire has destroyed the Salvation Army’s thrift store in north Jackson.

Capt. Ken Chapman, who leads the Salvation Army’s Jackson operations, says Friday’s fire destroyed the store but did no damage to the homeless shelter next door.

Chapman says the store was at near capacity, because of holiday donations. He estimated the damage at $1.5 million. He says the building is insured.

No one was injured, including the one employee on duty when flames broke out before 6 a.m.

Jackson Fire Dept. Chief Greg Travis says 12 units responded to the fire to find the building consumed in smoke and flames.

He says firefighters protected the nearby buildings to keep the flames from spreading.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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