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City of Opp loses mainstay after over night fire

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 6:39 PM CDT
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OPP, Ala. (WTVY) -

A mainstay in the city of Opp went up in flames Monday night.

Opp Fire Department was on scene shortly after 9:30.

Opp fire chief Cory Spurlin said the fire at Doc’s Country Store was put out around 3:15 Tuesday morning, but when they arrived back on scene later this morning a fire started back up under the floor.

News 4 spoke with several people who say they are saddened about the loss of Doc’s.

“Doc’s Country Store wasn’t just a store it wasn’t just a restaurant it was the heart of Opp,” said Opp Mayor Becky Bracke.

Many traditions took place over the 17-year span of doc’s country store -- a place for locals to drop by daily and visitors as they pass through headed to and from the beach.

One tradition stands above the rest for Bracke.

“My favorite was Sunday after church all the churches got out and rushed out there to a great buffet,” Bracke added.

Opp firefighters were on the scene minutes after the fire was reported, but the buildings configuration of old wood made it impossible to save.

Left now are memories of Doc’s store.

“Once you have something as devastating as a fire is,” said Chief Cory Spurlin, Opp Fire Department. “You don’t realize who all is involved and how many families and impact it’ll have not only on the community but the people in the surrounding communities also.”

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

“The state fire marshal’s office is the lead investigator with the city of Opp assisting them on that,” Spurlin added. “We don’t suspect any suspicious activity at this point.”

For chief Spurlin, this fire is more than just business.

“I grew up here I was raised here, and you know it’s personal to me on things like this,” Spurlin added.

As for the rest of the city: “We just want Steve and Elaine to know that Opp is behind him and anything we can do will be there for them,” Bracke finished.

Mayor Bracke told News 4 how Doc’s Country Store turned Opp into a destination for many who were traveling.

In all, there were 8 fire departments including Opp who helped battle the blaze.

Doc’s Country Store posted on Facebook: “That everyone keep us and our employees in your prayers for we lost something last night that was more than just a business we lost our home.”

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