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Mercantile Building Fire in
Historic Downtown Bastrop, Texas
May 13, 2003

The Texas Mercantile building in the historic downtown of Bastrop was ravaged by fire this morning. The building was home to many small shops and was one of the anchors for businesses in the southeast end of Main Street. The Texas Mercantile, owned and operated by Violet John, was totally destroyed. The fire started about 4:15 a.m. May 13th and was under control in about 3 hours. Nine different fire departments helped in bringing the fire under control. Four firemen were injured, but none seemed to sustain serious injuries. The fire was confined to the one building, and the damage to the surrounding buildings was held to a minimum. Pictures depict action of the firefighters at the scene, and the damage before the large fire could be brought under control.

The Texas Mercantile building in the historic downtown of Bastrop was ravaged by fire.

Photo by David Kahan

 

The Texas Mercantile building in the historic downtown of Bastrop was ravaged by fire.

Photo by David Kahan

 

The Texas Mercantile building in the historic downtown of Bastrop was ravaged by fire.

Photo by David Kahan

 

The Texas Mercantile building in the historic downtown of Bastrop was ravaged by fire.

Photo by Neil Gurwitz

 

The Texas Mercantile building in the historic downtown of Bastrop was ravaged by fire.

Photo by Neil Gurwitz

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