Thursday morning, Mound Bayou and Bolivar County Fire Department responded to a fire at the New Deal Store.
The cause of the fire is still undetermined but Mound Bayou Fire Chief Edgar Glover suspects that the origin of the fire began in the heater closet.
"The New Deal Store was kind of like a neighborhood grocery store. The entire store didn’t burn but whenever you have a fire that causes the top structure to be burned completely then the store is pretty much totaled," said Glover.
According to Glover, Mound Bayou volunteer firefighters responded to the fire at approximately 3:44 a.m. but by the time they arrived, the fire was out of control.
"Most of the top region of the building had already been completely destroyed.
When we got there, we assessed the fire and immediately called the county to come and assist us," he said.
"We are always grateful to the county for their assistance," he added.
Glover said that volunteer firefighters battled the fire for over two hours and as a result of the smoke and water damage, the store is completely destroyed.
"Whenever there is a structure fire, someone will be burned out. We really don’t want it to happen but we try to remain ready at all times in case someone needs our assistance," said Glover.
"We try to respond quickly to better assist individuals," he added.
Glover said that this was the first major structure fire that the town of Mound Bayou has experienced and he hopes that this is the last one.
"Things have been kind of quiet around here up until this morning. We have been blessed," he said.
According to American Red Cross, fires are the largest disaster threat in America
Nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage.