Repair and restoration follow fire that tore through historic building in downtown Jackson

Repairs and restoration are underway to several historic buildings along Capitol and State streets after a weekend fire in downtown Jackson.”We’re just trying to figure out how to move forward and go about our day and our livelihoods,” said Phillip Rollins, owner of OffBeat. The blaze tore through the historic 520 Building on Capitol Street. It was built in the 1800s and served as Jackson’s main post office during that period. Other businesses in the historic Spendler’s Corner faced both smoke and water damage, including OffBeat, a vinyl record store.Rollins described what he experienced after Saturday night’s fire. “As soon as I walked in, I heard a splash, and I’m like, ‘Oh no.’ And I go to the back, and I just see water cascading down onto my record bins,” Rollins said. “I stood there for a second, kind of in disbelief. I started moving and grabbing the bins.”Many of the records were destroyed.”Some of that stuff can’t be replaced,” Rollins said. “It’s a lot of stuff that was a lot of rare records and stuff, but a price on life is priceless, so that’s the main thing. Making sure everybody was safe was the main thing.”Spengler’s Corner is the oldest building in the city. It has also been home to the Eaves Law Firm since the 1990s. Tuesday, a few days after the fire, the building still smells like smoke, but the restoration process has begun.”We’re going to clean the other structure in probably three or four days, but there’s just a lot more material to clean up and dry out. But I say a month or so and they will be back up and running,” said David Hogg, with Restoration One.While the buildings saw water and smoke damage, the fire was contained to the 520 Building. Many people located in the other buildings along State and Capitol streets are thankful the Jackson Fire Department kept the blaze under control.Rollins is moving forward and hoping the community continues to support the affected businesses.”I may be open right in front of the shop selling records through the kiosk, or whatever, until everything gets sanitized, and we open up,” Rollins said.Some of the records are salvageable. Rollins said they will be selling them at a heavily discounted price. For more information, go to the OffBeat website or call the store at 601-376-9404.

Repairs and restoration are underway to several historic buildings along Capitol and State streets after a weekend fire in downtown Jackson.

“We’re just trying to figure out how to move forward and go about our day and our livelihoods,” said Phillip Rollins, owner of OffBeat.

The blaze tore through the historic 520 Building on Capitol Street. It was built in the 1800s and served as Jackson’s main post office during that period. Other businesses in the historic Spendler’s Corner faced both smoke and water damage, including OffBeat, a vinyl record store.

Rollins described what he experienced after Saturday night’s fire.

“As soon as I walked in, I heard a splash, and I’m like, ‘Oh no.’ And I go to the back, and I just see water cascading down onto my record bins,” Rollins said. “I stood there for a second, kind of in disbelief. I started moving and grabbing the bins.”

Many of the records were destroyed.

“Some of that stuff can’t be replaced,” Rollins said. “It’s a lot of stuff that was a lot of rare records and stuff, but a price on life is priceless, so that’s the main thing. Making sure everybody was safe was the main thing.”

spengler's corner

Spengler’s Corner is the oldest building in the city. It has also been home to the Eaves Law Firm since the 1990s. Tuesday, a few days after the fire, the building still smells like smoke, but the restoration process has begun.

“We’re going to clean the other structure in probably three or four days, but there’s just a lot more material to clean up and dry out. But I say a month or so and they will be back up and running,” said David Hogg, with Restoration One.

While the buildings saw water and smoke damage, the fire was contained to the 520 Building. Many people located in the other buildings along State and Capitol streets are thankful the Jackson Fire Department kept the blaze under control.

phillip rollins

Rollins is moving forward and hoping the community continues to support the affected businesses.

“I may be open right in front of the shop selling records through the kiosk, or whatever, until everything gets sanitized, and we open up,” Rollins said.

Some of the records are salvageable. Rollins said they will be selling them at a heavily discounted price. For more information, go to the OffBeat website or call the store at 601-376-9404.

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