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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  • by Ryan Location: Greenville on Sep 27, 2010 at 04:52 AM
    Clifton. I don't really like that comment about many Middle Eastern people being here illegally and that MANY of them knew about 9/11. Show proof if you have it. Why don't you call the FBI and have them investigate all the convenience stores owned by Middle Easterners. Not all of them are Iraqi, Pakastani, etc. A lot are from India.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Sep 9, 2010 at 03:42 PM
    The Feds should get in on this deal. The Feds should also investigate other store owners in the area. Many of these small stores are owned by folks from the middle east, and many of them are here illegal. AND....MANY of them knew about 9-11-01 BEFORE IT HAPPENED.
  • by I agree on Sep 9, 2010 at 03:07 PM
    with agree. You tell them.
  • by Henry Location: Kenly on Sep 9, 2010 at 12:29 PM
    Well It could not have started in the restroom. There was enough pee on the floors,walls and toilet seat, nothing would burn in there. Maybe some some will build a nice stop there on the courner. I usuly have to go about the time i get to Maysville from EI.
  • by jack on Sep 9, 2010 at 10:43 AM
    what is the corrupt SBI doing in this fire
  • by BrainOn Location: J'Ville on Sep 9, 2010 at 09:20 AM
    To Dick - What in the world does your statement have to do with this news article?
  • by To Dick Location: Greenville on Sep 9, 2010 at 09:03 AM
    Well Dick if you were commenting on the right story your comment might make some sence!!!
  • by Dick on Sep 9, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    How would we feel if Muslims started burning our Bible? This is a stupid idea, either an outrageous publicity stunt or an action steeped in ignorance and total lack of respect for others religious views. I strongly disagree with this!
  • by jerry Location: kinston on Sep 9, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    mmmm wonder if and you know what I mean
  • by debra on Sep 9, 2010 at 07:55 AM
    Hmmmmmm....sounds fishy
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