- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

UNADILLA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A country store in Livingston County has reopened after being destroyed in a fire that injured a firefighter.

The Livingston Daily Press & Argus of Howell (https://bit.ly/260jBkM ) reports that the Unadilla Township store burned down in January 2015. It reopened Monday in a new building.

A firefighter combatting the blaze was injured when one of the brick walls collapsed. The cause of the fire was ruled as “undetermined.”

Store manager Mike Harbert said the store was built in 1871 and that his parents, Jim and Christine Harbert, have run it for two decades.

Harbert says local memorabilia, hunting mounts and old photographs were lost in the fire.

“People have expressed interest in donating different antiques, mounts, taxidermy animals, the kind of stuff we had. We want them, but we’re not ready for that yet. But sometime in the very near future, we’ll reach out to people. I’ve got all this open wall space and there is going be stuff there. I just have to get up and running before I worry about filling it,” Harbert said.

The store sells food, basic supplies and camping-related supplies among other things. The store will have room for a deli, but there is no kitchen equipment.

A grand opening celebration is scheduled to be held in July.


Information from: Livingston Daily Press & Argus, https://www.livingstondaily.com

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