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Residents remember historic business

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WEST FRANKFORT -- Residents in West Frankfort remember a historic business that was destroyed by fire.

Fire crews were the first to discover the fire that would claim Barnett’s Automotive Friday evening.

"Our ambulance was coming through town and noticed smoke in that area, and sort of slowed down and started looking and they noticed that smoke was pouring out of the building," said fire chief Jodi Allen.

Former firefighter and current Mayor Tom Jordan was on his way home when he witnessed that blaze.

"There was heavy smoke and it hadn’t broken through the roof yet, but I could tell by the color of the smoke and the amount and the way it was coming out the building, I could tell that it wasn’t going to be long before the roof was going to go." Jordan said.

Charles Baker remembers what Barnett’s used to be.

"Everybody went to Yadro’s. He was busy continuously, had a car on each rack." Baker said.

While the building is no more, a symbol of what once was still stands, just across the street in the form of a muffler.

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