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River Road pharmacy reopens after fire

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Yellow caution tape still surrounds what's left of the River Road Pharmacy.

The smell of burnt metal is still in the air around it.

But in front of the rubble, are signs that last week's fire did not destroy everything.

Signs that say things like, "The fire is out but we're not" and "Only the building went up in smoke."

"There's nothing lost that couldn't be replaced. We're in business and we're going to stay in business," the owner, J. Logan, told News Leader 9.

In the River Road Shopping Center, a strip mall a few doors down, Logan has set up shop in a temporary location.

"We'll have it stocked with the same merchandise and over-the-counter gifts and pharmaceuticals we had before. It won't be quite as big as it was but it should satisfy our needs until we can rebuild," Logan said.

As to what caused the pharmacy fire, it's still undetermined. Fire officials say it looks like it started in the roof area. Logan says he doesn't think it was arson.

"If I had to guess, I'd say it was probably an electrical fire but I don't know for sure. The fire department is doing their investigation but I have no reason to think it was anything but an electrical fire," he said.

But dwelling on what's already happened is something that's not on Mister Logan's to-do list. He says he'll continue to serve his loyal customers until the investigation is over. Then, he'll tear down and rebuild in the same spot.

"For forty years, it's been in that same location. Prior to it being a pharmacy, it was a convenience store, so there's been a business there for more than forty years so we look forward to getting it rebuilt and back in that same location."

The three firefighters that were injured in the fire are all back at work.

The Fire Department's investigation is expected to take a few more weeks.

If you're a River Road Pharmacy customer with questions about your prescription, you're asked to call the main number at 706-317-2583.

The phone lines were transferred to the River Road Shopping Center Monday afternoon and are up and running.

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