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Huntsville firefighter, wife lose Ardmore store in fire

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ARDMORE, Tenn. — A fire Thursday morning destroyed a bakery/craft store owned by a Huntsville firefighter and his wife.

Ardmore Fire Chief Tim Toone said the wife, Jackie Merrell, arrived at the couple's store at 5:32 a.m.

The store, called Old Mill, is on Elk Street on the Tennessee side.

"When she unlocked the door, she smelled smoke," Toone said. "There was a fire in the panel box in the storage area, and that area had already caught on fire."

Ardmore police responded first and saw flames outside the building.

Ardmore firefighters responded and called for backup from Giles County, Tenn., and Elkton, Tenn., authorities, but they were unable to save the store, Toone said. Firefighters were on the scene until 11 a.m.

Toone said the fire was electrical.

Jackie Merrell's husband, Greg, was working his shift at Huntsville Fire Department during the blaze, Toone said.

The couple has operated the business about a year, he said.

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