Building likely ruined
Only a portion of a downtown Monroeville building remained standing this morning after a devastating fire broke out Thursday night.
One side of the building, last occupied by a Dollar Dan business over a year ago, was still standing. Firefighters reportedly had the other half of the building knocked down in order to prevent rekindling. The structure is owned by Roger Gerardot, at 107 Summer St., across from the American Legion post.
No monetary estimate of damage was available.
No injuries were reported.
The fire broke out around 8:45 p.m. and there is speculation that it may have been caused by lightning since a storm had moved through the area a short time earlier.
Numerous fire departments battled the blaze, including a Decatur contingent, called at 9:08 p.m.