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Dinner, ceremony to mark 1 year since Prophetstown fire

Blaze destroyed eight buildings

PROPHETSTOWN – Prophetstown will commemorate the 1-year anniversary of a devastating downtown fire Tuesday with a dinner, a ceremony and a groundbreaking.

The dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. at Eclipse Square, just south of downtown, and is open to the public, said Larry DeNeve, chairman of the town’s economic development committee. IH Mississippi Credit Union will host the dinner.

Around 6 p.m., at a ceremony led by the Rev. Cheri Stewart of Prophetstown United Methodist Church, first responders will be recognized for saving a woman’s life by waking her up before the fire reached her apartment.

After the ceremony, the focus will shift to the area of downtown now vacant. There will be a ceremonial groundbreaking by the credit union, which announced in May that it will build a new branch where two of the destroyed buildings once stood.

On the morning of July 15, 2013, two half-brothers started a fire in a recycling bin behind Cindy Jean’s Restaurant. It spread, eventually destroying eight buildings, or about half of the historic downtown.

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