Fire destroys Melrose convenience store

CCFR: Fire 'highly suspicious;' Fire Marshal to investigate

By Crystal Moyer - Traffic/reporter
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Fire at Nick's Quick Stop in Melrose. Photo provided by Clay County Fire Rescue.

MELROSE, Fla. - The State Fire Marshal has been called to investigate what authorities call a highly suspicious fire that destroyed a Melrose convenience store early Monday morning.

According to Clay County Fire Chief, David Motes, a Nick's Quick Stop gas station and convenience store caught fire just after 4 a.m. Monday morning on Lakeview Road near State Road 21.

Clay County was assisted by Putnam County which had been near the area having been dispatched to a reported fire at State Road 21 and State Road 26, which turned out to be the fire in Clay County.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire, but Motes said the building is destroyed.

No injuries were reported.

Motes said he is unsure what exactly caused the fire, but said it seems highly suspicious.

The State Fire Marshal will conduct an investigation.

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