Published On: Thu, Feb 28th, 2013

Thursday fire changes the landscape of downtown Laurel

LAUREL — In spite of the efforts of the firefighters, all that is left of two historic buildings in downtown Laurel is a pile of brick and debris.

The 111-year-old Laurel National Bank building, which was being used as an office by BioComposite was totally destroyed by the horrific fire.

The Thrivent Financial Services building that was built in 1899 and was located directly south was also destroyed. A portion of the east wall of the old Morten Hardware building also came down during the fire.

Laurel firemen, along with the assistance from four other fire departments, spent most of last Thursday battling the blaze.

Deb Wacker, who lives on Oak Street, dialed 911 at 5:42 a.m. to alert the Sheriff’s Office of the fire in Laurel.

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