George County

Fire destroys rural convenience store near Lucedale

A fire destroyed the Country Foodmart, also known as the Multi Mart Quick Stop, just east of Lucedale late Monday night.

Several 911 calls alerted the George County Sheriff’s Department and volunteer firefighters from several fire districts, Sheriff Keith Havard said.

Flames and smoke were visible as first responders headed to the convenience store on Mississippi 198 just west of Old Highway 63, he said.

Nothing could be saved from fire in spite of efforts to save the store, the business said in a Facebook post.

“Please pray for a rebuild soon and all of the very important employees,” the post said.

The fire is believed to be accidental at this point, but the cause is under investigation by investigators by the sheriff’s department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Anyone with information is asked to call the George County Sheriff’s Office at 601-947-4811.

Or tipsters can provide information anonymously by calling Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

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Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews