SBI Investigates Maysville Convenience Store Fire

SBI investigators are the scene of a fire that destroyed a convenience store in Maysville. The same store was in the news two weeks ago when an employee was accused of pocketing a $30,000 winning lottery ticket.

Maysville Volunteer Fire Chief Michael Jordan says the call came in at 3:20 a.m. Thursday at Abe's #1 convenience store. The store is located at the intersection of Highways 17 and 58 in Maysville, "at the red light."

Jordan says it took crews about 30 minutes to extinguish the fire and an additional 30 minutes to fight hot spots. Despite the efforts of 75 firefighters from three counties, the building is a total loss, Jordan said.

The State Bureau of Investigations is handling the probe into what started the blaze. Chief Jordan said their crews could not determine the cause of fire.

Investigators say at this point there is no indication the fire was an arson, though they are still looking for a cause.

The same convenience store made headlines two weeks ago when a cashier was accused of pocketing a winning Powerball ticket worth $30,000. Abrahim Qatabi is charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of carrying a concealed weapon.

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