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Fire destroys groomers, electronics store in Bloomfield

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By Staff

Update: 9:40 a.m. A suspect has been arrested and charged with third-degree burglary in connection with the fire that occurred Thursday morning in Bloomfield, according to Detective Joedy Gilliland of the Nelson County Sheriff's Office. Gilliland said it appears the fire might have been caused by arson but he and other officers were still investigating Saturday morning.

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A fire broke out early Thursday morning on Arnold Lane in Bloomfield, just a few hundred yards from Bloomfield Elementary and Middle schools.

Groomfield, a pet grooming salon, and Bloomfield Electronics both burned to the ground. The building was fully engulfed by the time fire agencies were dispatched and Northeast Nelson Fire Protection District, Nelson County Fire and Rescue, the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Fire Marshal Chris Crawford responded.

Normal school traffic of parents dropping off students was disrupted, and fire personnel rerouted the traffic along Faith Avenue behind the Bloomfield branch of the Nelson County Public Library.

As of late Thursday morning, fire investigators were still working to determine the cause of the fire.

Nelson County E-911 Dispatch got the call about the fire at 4:36 a.m.

Ted Shields, Northeast Nelson’s fire chief, said the fire apparently originated in the basement of the building, but that hasn’t yet been confirmed.

Shields said his firefighters made several initial attacks on the fire, but once it got up into the trusses, “it spread from one end of the roof to the other, and we pulled all the crew back and let it go.”

Shields said the fire was contained to the building. It was unoccupied at the time of the fire. No one was injured in fighting the fire.

The building was owned by Danny Case, who also owned Bloomfield Electronics.

Shields said the husband of Angie Keeling, the owner of Groomfield, drove by the building around 3:45 a.m. and didn’t notice anything unusual.