WAYNESBURG — A predawn fire today destroyed Ruckel’s Farm Supply just off U.S. 27 in the Waynesburg community of southern Lincoln County.
In what has become a familiar routine, firefighters responded to a structure fire about 3:20 a.m.
Pete Van Hook, who owns Ruckel’s Grocery Store and Deli that shares a parking lot with the burned business, said he received a call about 2:30 a.m. from a woman who rents a house from him across the street from the businesses.
She thought the smoke she was seeing was coming from his store. Van Hook woke the owner of the farm supply store, brother-in-law Jeff Ruckel, who lives close by.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department responded and was quickly joined by Lincoln County Fire Department. Fire Chief Danny Glass said, “We got the call about 3:20 a.m. There was smoke and a structure fire within a few minutes after.”
Glass said the fire appeared to have been burning hot in the center of the structure. Initially, only smoke could be seen from outside, but the roof already was sagging in the middle, an indication that fire was consuming the building from the inside out.