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Published July 08, 2013, 08:52 AM

Fire damages Williston business; no one hurt

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Firefighters in downtown Williston continued to put out hot spots Monday morning after a blaze heavily damaged a longtime business.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Firefighters in downtown Williston continued to put out hot spots Monday morning after a blaze heavily damaged a longtime business.

Fire broke out at Gaffaney's Stationery about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The building's back wall eventually collapsed as firefighters fought to stop the flames from spreading to neighboring buildings.

"We were concerned about the buildings around Gaffaney's, but it looks good for the buildings around it so far," Assistant Fire Chief Cory Hanson told the Williston Herald. "There's a little smoke here and there, but nothing like it could've been. The guys did a good job."

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.

Tom Clayton, Gaffaney's general manager, expressed sadness for his employees, some of whom had worked there for 22 to 35 years.

"The store represents their life over the last 35 years," he said. "It is a landmark in Williston."

Clayton said Gaffaney's would resume its deliveries from a new location no later than Tuesday. The owners have already begun looking for a new location, which Clayton hopes will be downtown.

"It is a very sad day," Clayton added. "But our business is not burning down. Our business will be better than ever."

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