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Fire destroys old train station turned furniture store

Updated: Mar. 28, 2017 at 6:16 PM CDT
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BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) - It used to be a cargo train station, built in 1904 but for the last three years, the Vintage Station has been a place to find original wood crafted furniture and antiques, that is until early Tuesday morning.

Flames destroyed the building that housed over 50,000 feet of materials and machinery.

More than the business, owner Brad Watkins' thoughts immediately flew to the 25 men from the community who not only worked here but were part of a ministry he'd built.

"And some of them, the light is just coming on. 'How do I balance my check book, how do I get my driver's license, how do I have a home church'," Watkins said.

Making sure they stay focused is one of his biggest goals as fire investigators continue their work to determine what sparked the flames but Watkins says this won't stop them.

They own a building just across the street that they'll use until things are repaired.

"We will start immediately, this week, buying machinery and equipment so we can fill orders already on the books, make everybody whole who ordered from us," Watkins said.

They have set up a go fund me account through their website at The Vintage Station Facebook.

"We serve an awesome God," Watkins said with a smile. "He's still there--still on the throne. He didn't turn away. He's still there. We're going to pull together and make it alright."

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