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Pharmacy blaze under investigation, firefighters recover

River Road Pharmacy went up in flames around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. River Road Pharmacy went up in flames around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Charred pieces and a gutted shell are all that's left are all that is left of the River Road Pharmacy.

The fire that broke out Sunday night caused $300,000 worth of damage and took an hour for firefighters to get under control.

"We had three firefighters that were injured for heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation and one that received second degree burns to his face," said Chief Thomas Streeter, with Columbus Fire and EMS.

The firefighters were taken to the Medical Center where they were treated and later released.

As to what sparked the fire, officials say they're not ruling anything out at this point.

"Right now, we're just standing by because the building is too dangerous for us to go in to do our cause of determination. So we're just waiting for some equipment to stabilize the walls so we can go in. It was damage from the fire and it's bowing in and we don't want to send anybody in there with the possibility of collapse," Chief Streeter explained.

We're told the pharmacy has been around since 1968.

Fire officials say the cause remains undetermined but tell News Leader 9, once insurance investigators finish looking through the damage, they may be able to better piece together what happened.

The following is a statement from John C. Logan, Jr. , the owner of River Road Pharmacy & Gifts: 

We would like to extend our deepest thanks and gratitude to all the firefighters and emergency personnel who have been on the scene and working to bring the situation at River Road Pharmacy & Gifts under control. 

Our thoughts and prayers are particularly with the firefighters who were injured last night.  We are also overwhelmed with the show of support we are receiving from customers, friends and business associates. 

Currently, the phone lines for the pharmacy (706-317-2583) have been transferred to a second pharmacy we own, Lumpkin Drugs. 

All prescription needs are being handled out of that location at this time.  We are working to secure a temporary location and expect to resume prescription business as usual at that location by next week.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this difficult situation.

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