Accidental Fire Damages Havelock Shopping Center

Fire that damaged a Havelock shopping center has been ruled an accident. Five businesses were damaged after the 4:30 a.m. blaze at Slocum Shopping Center on West Main Street.

Five businesses were actually damaged by the fire, while several others between the Laundromat and Food Fare received smoke damage.

Firefighters say the blaze was brought under control in about an hour, but they remained on scene as a precaution.

Havelock spokesperson Diane Miller says a faulty light fixture is to blame for the fire.

Fire departments from Havelock, Cherry Point, Newport, Harlowe, Township 6 and Wildwood responded and there were no reports of anyone injured.

Ken Schulte has owned the shopping center for almost 20 years. "There's some things you can't do a whole lot about, you know. So you can sit around and commiserate or you can figure out what's got to be done to fix it and that's the way I am", Schulte told WITN.

This morning Schulte brought in a glass company to fix the doors broken by the fire department and roofers to repair holes made to put out the fire.

Some businesses in the shopping center do remain open.

The SBI helped in determining how the fire began.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Havelock on Mar 8, 2011 at 06:21 PM
    Havelock is a huge "eye sore." It basically has not changed/grown since WW2. Slocum Shopping Center & the one across from Havelock Elem., & the strip club mall, should be bulldozed over, to make room for new complexes & better businesses. There are barely any restaurants to speak of, like a steak house. How many more auto parts stores does this tiny place really need?? In all the military towns I have seen,the state of Havelock is shocking. What gives here??
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2011 at 10:58 AM
    Havelocks zonning is horrible. The strip club complex is right next to the high school!
  • by Agreed Location: Havelock on Mar 8, 2011 at 09:30 AM
    Totally agree. Lots of buildings in Havelock need to be destroyed and this shopping center should be at the top of th list.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2011 at 08:25 AM
    I feel bad for the owners of the business but they should of let that crappy looking complex burn. Havelock has some nasty shopping centers.

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