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Fire in Colon claims 3 historic buildings

Updated: Friday, March 8 2013, 09:50 PM EST
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COLON, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - As the smoke started to clear, people who live in Colon were coming to terms with losing three of the buildings in the heart of their downtown.

"It's a big blow to us I hope they rebuild, but you just never know what's gonna happen," says Dennis Yesh who lives in Colon and watched the fire.

The fire started around 10 Friday morning in the kitchen of Mancino's Restaurant and Curly's bar.  The staff inside was about to open for the day.

Dan Earl has owned the restaurant for 29 years and says he still can't believe it's gone.

"It's a shock, no two ways about it, it's a shock, it's been our livelihood, we reaised four children while owning it and it's a shock," says Earl.

Fire crews from throughout the area did the best they could but the old buildings that are connected burned quickly.

"It's bad for the town it really is, it's gonna be a big loss, it's a landmark basically, Curly's, it's been here forever," says Colon Fire Chief Matt Overholt.

David Farrell with the Colon Historical Society says the loss will be hard for the small town to recover from.

"It's always sad when you have a major fire, we've had lots of them.
It takes away some of the mystique I guess of the town itself," says Ferrell.

No one was injured in the fire.

Firefighters used so much water, schools in Colon were let our early, at 1:30, because of low water pressure.Fire in Colon claims 3 historic buildings
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