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Brad's Beat Carthage Square Fire History

Crews are hard at work removing debris from the Carthage square where the Sassy Spoon fire happened last Saturday.
CARTHAGE, MO.--- Crews are hard at work removing debris from the Carthage square where the Sassy Spoon fire happened last Saturday. However, a few years ago another fire happened just a few feet away. The last fire to hit the square was back in 1988 at the old Garland Building, which is now city hall.

"We seem to be surprised by these things when they happen, but actually, the Carthage square has had a number of fires from the 1800's on," said Steve Weldon, Jasper County Records.

Steve Weldon works at the Jasper County Records. After some research, Weldon found that its been 25 years since the last fire.

"It would be a shame that every few years we loose one bit by bit until eventually the old square is gone," said Weldon.

Tom Nixon and Roger William's both worked those 2 fires. They say a call for a fire on the square is something you never want to hear.

"One of those dreaded fires you hear that you don't want to go on, but because you don't want to burn down the whole square. You want to contain it to one building," said Tom Nixon, Firefighter.

"When you loose something that's been there that many years, it leaves a hole there. Who knows if something is coming back," said Roger Williams, Firefighter.

The guys say it doesn't feel like 25 years since the last square fire.

"For years I was the new guy, through time and attrition I've become the old guy," said Williams.

"That new guy thing will disappear quicker than you think," said Nixon.

The fire in 1988 at the old Garland Building was ruled an arson.
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