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More Than 100 Firefighters Battle Loogootee Blaze
Updated November 13, 2014 8:10 AM | Filed under: Fire
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(LOOGOOTEE) - More than 100 firefighters from numerous fire departments battled a blaze on the Loogootee Square Wednesday.

The Martin County Sheriff's Department closed Highway 231 North and JFK closed near downtown. More than 100 firefighters responding from more than 10 different departments helped extinguish the massive fire.

Officials report Rosie's T-Shirt Shop located at 215 N. JFK Avenue caught fire around 10 a.m. They do not know what started the fire but, The Martin County Journal reported that the fire may have started when a glue gun sparked at Rosie's shirt shop.

The fire spread to two other shops including Laurie's Flowers and His and Hers Beauty Salon.

The wind blew embers south from the three destroyed downtown businesses to a fourth business named Englert's Home Comfort Center and several upstairs apartments were damaged. Rosie's T-Shirt Shop and Laurie's Flowers were a total loss.

Officials say no one was injured during or while battling the blaze.

At one point, officials used a front loader to knock down the wall of His and Hers Beauty Salon to get to the fire inside.

Other businesses that were impacted by the fire include: Cartridge Depot, Ippoliti Law Office and M & M Electric, Inc.

Fire crews had the blaze contained by late afternoon, but continued to stay on the scene putting out hot spots.

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