Firefighters deserve our thanks

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By The Staff

Firefighters live their lives on call, hoping they're never needed. But just after 5 a.m. Tuesday, they got the call they probably hoped they'd never receive.

A fire at the former Fruit of the Loom plant destroyed a warehouse there. And, boy, was it a doozy. The fire was so huge, it took all our local firefighters plus those from surrounding counties hours to contain it.

There's probably nothing being discussed more in our community this week than the fire.

That's because nearly every family in town had a connection, whether through their own employment or that of a family member.

Built in the early 1950s, the former underwear factory was THE major employer in Taylor County. And when the factory closed its doors in 1998, more than 4,000 people lost their jobs.

Now, we can't help but wonder what's next for the property.

We've remarked here in the past that it would be a boon to the community for someone to buy the property and fix it up to make the main intersection in our community more inviting.

Will that happen? We don't know, but we sure hope the fire damage isn't just left as it is, which would only add to the dismal look of the property.