Burlington looks ahead after historic building burns in fire

CREATED Apr 6, 2014

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BURLINGTON -- Schuette Daniels furniture store is a beloved fixture in the Burlington community.

Spectators lined the street Saturday night as firefighters worked to save the landmark building. The chief tells TODAY’S TMJ4 luckily, it wasn't destroyed.

“There is some damage, structurally, but as you can see, it’s a strong old building,” says Burlington Fire Chief Perry Howard. “I think it’ll be here for some time.”

The loss of business could hurt the downtown area, and the owners.

“They’re dealing with it very well. They’re heartbroken, of course, with their business,” adds Howard.

Patrick Sullivan bought furniture from here and says the family-owned business is a big part of what makes Burlington great.

“We know the Daniels family pretty well,” says Burlington resident Patrick Sullivan. “I grew up down the street from them. Their family means a lot to the community.”

No one was inside when the fire started.

The furniture store’s future is still uncertain, but they’ll have support every step of the way.

“The community rallies together and we do what we can to help people out,” says Sullivan.

The good news is no one was hurt in the fire. Investigators are still trying to find out how it started.