Route 66 News

Fire destroys Commerce antiques business

The Route 66 Treasure Chest antique store in downtown Commerce, Oklahoma, was destroyed by fire on the Fourth of July, reported KODE-TV in nearby Joplin, Missouri.

It took about two hours Friday night to bring the fire under control. The business was at 501 Commerce St., which is old Route 66 through town.

According to the business’ own Facebook page, it was primarily a flea-market-type operation. According to Internet records, it also once was a Price Rite outlet store and a Hawaiian Delights restaurant.

Via Google Street View, this is what the business looked like before the fire:

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This fire is not good news for downtown Commerce, which has long struggled to keep businesses.

The Commerce Fire Department is investigating, and is urging the public to notify them of other videos or photographs from the fire because they could assist in the probe.


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