Fire destroyed a landmark of the Lois Community of Moore County last Friday.
A little after noon, the Metro Volunteer Fire Department responded and discovered a fully-engulfed building. Firefighters were able to save a residence belonging to the Clark family next door to the store; however, the store was completely destroyed.
Many local residents immediately took to social media to mourn the loss.
“Clark’s Store in Lois burnt this afternoon … another landmark and childhood memory gone. Kind of sad to see it go,” said one Facebook user.
“I remember that place when we [were] kids … stopping in there to get candy and drinks on the bus. That’s sad,” said another.
Small community stores like Clark’s Store were once a mainstay in Moore County. Residents once gathered at stores in the Hurdlow, Marble Hill, County Line and Lois to swap stories and play checkers.
Fire Chief Mark Neal said smoke from the blaze could be seen as far away as the County Line community. Fire fighters from the Jack Daniel Fire Brigade, Broadview Fire Department and North Franklin Fire Department assisted.
There were no resident injuries but one member of the MCVD was sent to the hospital and later released, according to Chief Neal.
Fire officials have yet to officially determine the cause but suspect a dryer left unattended may have been responsible. •