Heavy smoke was reportedly seen coming from the building that was on fire. The call came to 911 at 4:05 p.m.
Tupelo police worked traffic control at Crosstown at the intersection of Gloster and Main streets. Smoke is completely blocking the intersection and shopping center and traffic was stopped in both directions as of 4:21. Wind blew the smoke all over the road. The roads were opened back up by 5:20.
A bystander at the scene said the fire started on the end of the building closest to Main Street.
The shopping complex includes a Money Now Title Loan, Crosstown Pawn and Jewelery, another Money Now Check Advance and Lucky 7 tattoo shop. Fire was in the first Money Now and the pawn shop. Smoke was coming from the attic on top of all four shops.
According to a reporter at the scene, firefighters were on the roof at 4:45 p.m. getting water into the building.
According to Donna Grammer, the bookkeeper for the Money Now group of stores at Crosstown, the group is owned by Dennis Goldman. It has been open since the mid-1990s. He owns Crosstown Pawn, Money Now Check Advance and Money Now Title Cash.
Grammer said they don't know what happened. She ran over to the store as soon as she got the call.
At 5 p.m. Tupelo Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Avery said all four stores sustained damage with the first Money Now facing significant damage. As of 5:20 p.m., the fire is under control. Firefighters are knocking down hot spots and ventilating the building.