Commissary catches fire in Hardburly
by Cris Ritchie
HARDBURLY – A piece of local history went up in smoke late Sunday afternoon after the former commissary of the old Hardburly mining camp caught fire.
Firefighters with the Jakes Branch Fire Department responded to the scene at 4:21 p.m. on Sunday, said Jakes Branch Fire Chief Jamie Farris. Upon their arrival, the flames had spread to the building’s second story, preventing firefighters from making entry into the abandoned building.
With the aid of the Fisty Volunteer Fire Department, Farris said the flames were eventually extinguished approximately three hours later. The cause of the fire is not known as of press time.
Named for the Hardy-Burlingham Mining Company, Hardburly represents a link to the area’s history with coal mining. The coal camp there, which was built the first half of the 20th century, contained dozens of houses and other structures. Though abandoned for several years, the commissary, which was constructed with cut stone, was one of the few remaining structures from the camp still intact.
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