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Lott Fire Sends Dentist To Early Retirement

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(KCEN)  “There's nothing you can salvage out of it.”

A blunt but honest assessment, as Dr. David Shore looks at what used to be his dental office.

“I can't believe it,” said Shore. “It's just gutted, there's nothing there.”

On Wednesday night, a fire destroyed over 30-years of memories for the only dental practice in Lott. The city's volunteer fire department was called out to Gassaway Avenue at 9:45 p.m. after a passerby saw smoke coming out of the dental office. Soon smoke was seen coming from adjacent buildings including an appliance and antiques store.

As firefighters tried to prevent the fire from spreading, Lott residents gathered across the street to watch.

“I just hoped that it didn't spread and go through the whole block,” said Annita Tindle, Mayor of Lott. 

But thanks to help from volunteer fire fighters from Chilton, Rosebud, Goldina and Westphalia the fire was contained.

“It was a Falls County community effort,” said Tindle.

Three other buildings on the block suffered smoke and water damage. While Dr. Shore's dental equipment and personal belongings were turned to ash.

“What really hurts me is I had four painting in there that my mother did.”

Dr. Shore was scheduled to retire on Tuesday after over 50-years as a dentist. Wednesday's fire doesn't change his plans, and he says it will actually make it easier to leave, because he won't have to pack up his possessions.

The Lott Volunteer Fire Department believes the fire was started by an electrical short.
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