Welch grocery store destroyed in fire will be rebuilt - KOAM TV 7

Welch grocery store destroyed in fire will be rebuilt


A grocery store in Welch, Oklahoma is a total loss following a fire Wednesday evening.

Officials say the fire started at about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday and was put out shortly after 9 a.m. the next morning.

Fire fighters from 16 different agencies including some from Kansas helped battle the fire.

One firefighter from Welch was taken to the hospital with mild heat exhaustion symptoms.

No one else was injured.

Officials say an electrical malfunction caused the fire.

A nearby beauty salon owner, Rhonda Charles, says no grocery store will leave the city with a void for the time being.

"We went there every day for lunch, pretty much every day, and that's where I got my Diet Coke every morning," says Charles.

The owner of the grocery store says he does have insurance on the building and plans on rebuilding.

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