Imperial Tobacco Warehouse Update

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Recent controversy about whether or not the Imperial Tobacco Warehouse that burned down less than two weeks ago was insured.

Mike Hill, the son of the owner, says there has been speculation that he may have burned down the warehouse to gain insurance money, but he says the building was not insured.

The reason, he says is because it would have cost more money to insure the place than what the building was worth. Some local residents are also urging Wilson to save the water tower and smoke stack for historic reasons. But Wilson says it costs more to keep them because they need work, than it would to demolish them.

For now Wilson is putting up a fence around the property to stop through traffic. He currently has demolition crews bidding on the project. He hopes to start the process of tearing the structure down sometime next week.


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