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South Main Street fire destroys building

  • MVNU purchases downtown property

    MOUNT VERNON -- Mount Vernon Nazarene University will soon be occupying more property in downtown Mount Vernon. Read More

  • Buchwald Center re-opening Saturday

    MOUNT VERNON -- Mount Vernon Nazarene University's Buchwald Center is on schedule to re-open later this week, according to Facilities Management Director Denny Taylor. Read More

  • Filling in the big hole

    Truckers from United Aggregate Co. were busy hauling in loads of fill dirt Monday as the hole where the former Kresge building stood on South Main Street was being filled. Read More

  • Bodi N Balance transfers members to Pro Fitness USA

    MOUNT VERNON -- Trevor Tieche, owner and founder of Bodi N Balance, has announced the fitness center would not be rebuilding in Mount Vernon after a fire destroyed the former Kresge building that housed the fitness center. Read More

  • Cleanup work continues

    MOUNT VERNON -- Work is continuing on the demolished former Kresge building in downtown Mount Vernon. Read More

  • Precautions taken in demolition

    MOUNT VERNON -- As cleaup continues from the demolition of the former Kresge building at 201 S. Main St., residents were concerned when asbestos was recently found inside the walls of the building. Read More

  • Business improving

    MOUNT VERNON -- Sales at downtown business es have picked up, and it couldn't have come at a better time, according to downtown business owners. Read More

  • Fire marshal: No connection with Hoffman

    MOUNT VERNON -- Matthew Hoffman remains on suicide watch at the Knox County Jail today where he is being held on a $1 million cash bond.  Read More

  • Building demolition nearly complete

    MOUNT VERNON -- After an obstacle slowed the process down, the tearing down and cleaning up of the old Kresge building in downtown Mount Vernon is nearly complete. Read More

  • Downtowns struggle after fires

    MOUNT VERNON -- Friday's start to demolish the former Kresge Building at 201 S. Main St., is a sign that the process is moving forward. However, the empty space the demolition will leave could have a negative impact on this historic district. Read More

  • Demolition started today

    MOUNT VERNON -- Demolition began today on the former Kresge building at 201 S. Main St. The state fire marshal, state inspectors, Environmental Protection Agency officials and insurance company representatives were on hand as pieces of the burned structure were strategically being knocked down by an excavator with a demolition hammer. Read More

  • More waiting on demo timeline

    MOUNT VERNON -- Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis said this morning he hopes the city will know by Friday when demolition of the building at 201 S. Main St. will begin and how long it will take. Read More

  • City, EPA to discuss demolition

    MOUNT VERNON -- Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis addressed the concerns of downtown business owners, and city residents, regarding the continued closure of the 200 block of South Main Street, during Monday's City Council meeting. Read More

  • City looking to expedite demolition permit

    MOUNT VERNON -- Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis said getting the intersection of South Main and Gambier streets open again was his highest priority, but only when it can be done safely. Read More

  • Bodi N Balance memberships on hold

    MOUNT VERNON -- Bodi N Balance owner Trevor Tieche told the News all membership drafts have been stopped and all memberships are currently on hold after a fire damaged the building Oct. 25. Read More

  • Main Street businesses feeling the hurt

    MOUNT VERNON -- In the aftermath of last week's fire at the former Kresge building and with the structure being fenced off until a decision is made about what to do with it, many downtown businesses are reporting poor business returns with the normal flow of people not coming into their places of business. Read More

  • Cleanup begins on neighboring building

    MOUNT VERNON -- The aftermath of last week's fire at 201 S. Main St., in downtown Mount Vernon, involves massive cleanup work in the Mount Vernon Nazarene University's Buchwald Center. Read More

  • Building released to owner

    MOUNT VERNON -- Physical investigation of last week's fire at the former Kresge building in downtown Mount Vernon is complete, according to Mount Vernon Fire Department Chief Shawn Christy. "We are no longer involved,"said Christy this morning. "The ATF officials and state fire marshal concluded their investigation on Friday and turned the building back over to [MVFD] control. We have physically gone into the building and are now turning control of the building over to Mr. Montenery. It is now out of our realm." Read More

  • Mobile unit serves multiple functions

    MOUNT VERNON -- Major fires, such as the one this week in downtown Mount Vernon, require major investigations and the state-of-the-art mobile command post utilized by the State Fire Marshal's Office plays a big role in those investigations. Read More

  • Mavis: Safety still a concern

    MOUNT VERNON -- The fire in the old Kresge building on Monday was at the top of the list of what Mount Vernon Mayor Richard. K. Mavis talked about during his weekly press conference. Read More

  • Access made to basement

    MOUNT VERNON -- Investigators looking into the cause of the fire that consumed the former Kresge building at 201 S. Main St., were able to access the basement on Thursday after the uncontaminated water was pumped out. Read More

  • Fire investigation continues

    MOUNT VERNON -- The investigation into the cause of the fire that destroyed the former Kresge building at 201 S. Main St. is moving forward, though few details are currently available. Read More

  • Downtown merchants open for business

    MOUNT VERNON -- Monday's fire in downtown Mount Vernon altered business plans a bit for some area store owners, while others are doing what they can to be open as much as normal. "We're still open,"said Phil Herald, owner of Herald's Appliances and Electronics. "It's all right. People are still coming in." Read More

  • Customers returning to stores on N. Main

    MOUNT VERNON -- Though the smell of smoke lingered in the air from Monday's fire at 201 S. Main St., several stores on the north side of downtown were able to open yesterday with some customers venturing in to shop. Read More

  • Fire assessment moves forward

    MOUNT VERNON -- Small fires continue to flair up in the old Kresge building after Monday's fire consumed the inside. Read More

  • Some city streets closed down for fire

    MOUNT VERNON -- Although the fire department naturally assumes the lead when a conflagration strikes a city, other service agencies, such as the police, have a strong supporting role. Read More

  • Downtown businesses start reopening today

    MOUNT VERNON -- Downtown business owners wanting to know if they should open their doors today in the wake of Monday's tragic fire received a briefing Tuesday morning from Mount Vernon Fire Department Assistant Chief Chris Menapace. Read More

  • Flames doused, investigation begins

    MOUNT VERNON -- The Mount Vernon fire and police departments are partnering with the Division of State Fire Marshal and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobaco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate the the cause of the fire that gutted a downtown building on Monday. Read More

  • Fire damages downtown building

    MOUNT VERNON -- A basement fire early this morning at 201 S. Main St. spread throughout the building as firefighters from Knox County fought the blaze. Read More

  • Downtown building a 'total loss'

    MOUNT VERNON -- A fire that started in the basement of downtown Mount Vernon building will soon result in an empty corner at Main and Gambier streets. Read More

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