Rock Hill produce market destroyed by morning fire

by: Stephanie Coueignoux Updated:

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ROCK HILL, S.C. —

Two Rock Hill stores were destroyed after a fire ripped through them Tuesday morning.
 
Investigators said they are trying to figure out what started the fire.
 
Eyewitness News reporter Stephanie Coueignoux spoke to the owner of Dink's Produce market who said she plans to rebuild.
 
"Well, I cried. I got over that,” said Dink Duncan. “Got mad. Got over that. Now I got to roll up my sleeves and put it back."

Duncan could only stand and watch as firefighters tore down what was left of her store's metal roof.
 
“This is the whole entire family's passion but that's what we're made of. We hit a bump in the road and we go,” Duncan said.
 
When firefighters arrived about 7 a.m., Dink's Produce Market and the empty store next door were both on fire and they had to battle more than just the flames.

IMAGES: Scene of fire at produce market
 
It was so hot outside, firefighters had to work in shifts so they didn't overheat or dehydrate.
 
“It is a tremendous burden on the firefighters, especially in this type of heat and humidity," said Rusty Myers with the Rock Hill Fire Department.
 
Eddie Mitchell's brother owns the building. He said he was sleeping when he got the call.
 
“Just shocked that there was a fire,” Eddie Mitchell said. “(I) thought maybe it was a joke.”
 
Mitchell said his brother bought the building in 1983 and this is the first fire they've ever had.
 
As for the Duncans, who started their business 10 years ago, they said despite losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in goods, they plan to rebuild.

Duncan said until they rebuild, she may set up a temporary store in the parking lot.

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