Oracle fire

Oracle Damaged in massive fire affecting businesses and condos

Oracle fire

The Question, Reporter Andrew Mitchell / November 23, 2013

A fire that started on the upper floors of the Tyndall Stone Lodge on Main Street and spread to the roof area is still being investigated. Fire crews attended the scene twice, once on Friday afternoon when the initial report came in, and again on Saturday morning when the fire flared up — again in the roof area of the lodge. Fire chief Sheila Kirkwood reported that the fire likely started on a balcony.

The Question reached Kelly Oswald, owner of the Oracle, at a retreat in Mexico. She praised her staff for handling the situation in her absence, but was still waiting on Saturday afternoon to hear the full extent of the damage and how soon she can reopen for business. “I’m waiting to hear back,” she said. “Apparently there was a second fire and additional flooding after things were looking up. We are standing by, but it’s pretty messy.” The timing couldn’t be worse, less than one week out from the American Thanksgiving long weekend and the start of Christmas shopping season. “Christmas is huge for us,” Oswald confirmed. “So is American Thanksgiving. We are desperately hoping to be open for the weekend but we don’t know yet.” Oswald said the space and all of the contents of the store are insured. More updates to come.