State Fire Investigator Richard Embrey was on the scene this morning of what remained of the Chuckwagon Convenience Store and Gas Station in Story.
But, he said, he could not begin his job until debris was cleared from the site. He said he hoped to have some information by the end of the day, regarding how the fire started.
Story firefighters, as well as crews from Sheridan and the Goose Valley Fire Department, were called to the scene shortly before 3 o'clock yesterday morning. Story Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Onstott and others from the Story volunteer department remained on the scene for more than 16 hours Thursday to make sure embers were extinguished and the fire did not reignite.
The state fire investigator said this morning the walls of the store were still standing, but the roof had collapsed, and the roof and other debris would have to be removed before he could begin his investigation. At that time, he said, clearing the debris would take at least a couple of hours.
The fire chief said the loss of the business will be felt by the entire community, because the store on Fish Hatchery Road was the only gas station in Story. The owner of the building is Harry Washut. He could not be reached this morning, for comment.
FIRE CLAIMS STORY BUSINESS
FIRST REPORT: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
The Chuckwagon Convenience Store and Gas Station in Story was destroyed in a pre-dawn blaze this morning.
The Story Volunteer Fire Department spearheaded fire suppression efforts, aided by the Goose Valley Fire Department and Sheridan Fire-Rescue. Sheridan County sheriff's deputies and Rocky Mountain Ambulance provided logistical support.
Story volunteer firefighters remained on the site for several hours to make sure the fire did not reignite. Stay tuned to Sheridan Media for updates.