Grocery store destroyed by fire a big loss for Senath

By Christy Hendricks - bio | email

SENATH, MO (KFVS) - Three Kennett firefighters recover a day after a fire destroyed a grocery store in Senath.

It was the only grocery store in town.

The loss of Ramey Super Market is a big blow to the small town where a lot of people shopped for their groceries for years.

Those who live there say it's like a part of the town burned with the building.

"They were really a big part of the town," said Sue Crossno.  She owns Sunshine Cafe next door to Ramey Super Market.

"Been here like I say as long as I can remember," said Kent Montgomery, Senath Fire Chief and resident of the town for 52 years.

But now all that's left of the biggest business in Senath is charred rubble and crumbled bricks.

"I thought it was just devastation for the city of Senath," said Skip Crossno.

Fire crews got the call at 4:13 p.m. Wednesday and found the back of the store engulfed in flames from a possible electrical short.

The age of the building made it harder for crews keep under control.

"The old roof, black tar on the top," said Fire Chief Kent Montgomery. "That's actually about three or four old buildings that they had knocked the walls out of and made one big building."

Five fire departments battled the blaze, but the building is still a loss.

"When you lose something that's been here your whole life it's just awe inspiring, you know that people lose their livelihood," said Cora Holtsclaw who grew up in Senath.

As the smoke still smolder, residents wonder where they'll get their groceries now.

"You have a lot of old people that just doesn't have a way to go to the nearby towns to get their groceries and stuff," Sue Crossno said.  "So they were a big part of the town and to me too.  I done a lot of my shopping over there for the restaurant even."

"This doesn't just affect the community," Holtsclaw said. "It affects surrounding communities."

Senath has a gas station and Dollar General.  The nearest grocery stores are in Kennett or Arbyrd.

"I'm hoping that they'll find a way to get somebody or some company to come back, either Rameys or some company to put in a grocery store here," Skip Crossno said.

Three Kennett firefighters were injured suffered from a burn injury, another with heat exhaustion and one with a foot injury when a wall of bricks fell down.

Kennett Fire Chief John Mallott says they're all expected to make a full recovery.

No word yet on whether the owners of Ramey Super Market will rebuild.

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