By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – The investigation into the cause of a Tuesday night fire at the building that housed Tina’s Treasures flea market and Briley’s discount got under way about 10 a.m. today when the Corinth fire chief arrived at the scene with the state fire marshal.
The building which formerly housed Howell Lumber on U.S. Highway 72 shared a parking lot with Russell’s Beef House, but Russell’s and the Scotty Little auction house behind it were separated from the building by some distance and never appeared to have been endangered.
Though Corinth Fire Chief Billy “Lucky” Briggs did not say so Tuesday night, nothing appeared to be salvageable from the numerous booths of merchandise in the flea market building.
Booth owner Gale Landry of Guys, Tenn., was at the site early Wednesday to survey and take photos of the damage.
“My daughter lives in Corinth and drove by several times last night and told me what was happening and (how) big a fire it was,” Landry said. “When I stepped outdoors at my house I could even smell the smoke there.”
Landry said she had a variety of odds and ends that she described as “country lux,” but the business was not her livelihood.
“The one piece I’m most sorry about is a dresser I had given my daughter but that she had never picked up,” she said.
John and Lynda Cates also came to see what damage was done to his booth, where he sold all kinds of merchandise, mostly home furnishings.
“The most special piece was probably the full-size Egyptian mummy, and it had already been sold but not picked up,” John Cates said.
The fire chief said late Wednesday that the cause of the fire will probably not be determined until next week.