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Fire destroys abandoned Anderson building

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The fire ripped through the building on River Street. (Feb. 18, 2014/FOX Carolina) The fire ripped through the building on River Street. (Feb. 18, 2014/FOX Carolina)
An iWitness photo of the flames. (Feb. 18, 2014/FOX Carolina iWitness Amy B.) An iWitness photo of the flames. (Feb. 18, 2014/FOX Carolina iWitness Amy B.)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Firefighters in Anderson County were called to the scene of a former commercial building late Monday night on River Street.

Crews were on the scene late into the night as they tried to knock down the flames at the abandoned building.

Capt. Jamie Barnell from the Anderson City Fire Department said when crews assessed the situation, they decided to not go inside the building because they didn't know if it was safe. That turned out to be a good decision because Barnell said shortly after, the roof collapsed.

None of the firefighters were hurt.

The building is the old Parnell-Martin Plumbing Showroom, but it had been empty for a while.

A nearby apartment building suffered some minor damage to the side of the building, according to FOX Carolina's crew on the scene.

The fire caused power outages in the area, but the power has since been restored.

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