The fire engulfed the two story building and appeared to start in the northwest portion of the second floor. The cause remains under investigation. Fire fighters did a great job in protecting buildings on the south and west sides of the structure and kept the blaze from spreading. There was reported some smoke in neighboring buildings and minor damage to a vent on the roof of The Eagle Democrat building. The fire was brought under control around 5:00 A.M. There were no injuries. Crews remained on site as a precaution of possible reignition.
This historic building is owned by Jeff Goad, who operated "Words on a Shirt" at the site. Mr. Goad was notified of the fire and was present as the firemen fought to control the intense fire.
The building was constructed in the very early 1900's and was originally a grocery store. The meat storage area was in the west end of the business. In 1921, the two Martin brothers purchased the building and opened a clothing store. The Martins had begun their business in 1904 on the site next to what is now Gannaway Drug Store. Martins would remain in the building until 2005. Three generations of the Martin family operated the store, Warren Mayor Bryan was the last of the family to manage the business, doing so from 1971 to 2005. At that time he sold the store and the building prior to being elected Mayor of Warren.