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SHERMAN, TX -- Smoke could be seen on the other side of town, after The Furniture Barn in Sherman went up in flames.
"We were over by Albertsons and saw the flames so we just drove by, that was before it was all blocked off and we could see flames shooting through the roof." Said Adrian Demurs, a Sherman High school grad on his way to mow lawns in the area.

The furniture store has signs posted for a "liquidation sale" but a fire is probably the last way they thought they'd get rid of their inventory. " I'm not sure of the value of the contents, but I suspect it's in the hundreds of thousands of dollars." Said Sherman Fire Chief J.J Jones.

Owners of the two businesses closest to the fire watched anxiously as more than fifty firefighters from departments all over Texoma tried to keep the flames contained.

"Fortunately the wind is blowing the smoke away from us, and there aren't any flames that are there (near the business) so, everyone on this side has been very fortunate." Ellis Olmstead, The owner of Chapman Inc. told us.
" The fire department, they came to my tire shop and they told me about the fire, that I knew nothing about, now I've been here about two hours just watching, seeing what's going on." Said Juan Garcia, Owner of Garcia's Used Tire shop.

It was a painful game of watch and wait and for those battling the flames, a test of their skills.
 "And the second thing--a toll on our guys, we've got about 50 firefighters out here, the temperature has been about 96 degrees today and that's pretty tough when you have to wear bunker gear and the clothing we have to wear. So, again although a spectacular fire, well controlled, well contained, some fantastic guys out here ." Said Chief Jones, as crews continued to battle the blaze.

As for the Furniture Barn, firefighters tell us it won't be opening back up any time soon.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the Sherman Fire Marshal does not believe it to be suspicious. Crews from Whitesboro, Pottsboro, Gunter, North Texas Regional Airport, Howe, Denison, and more responded. Including Durant, Oklahoma, a town just north of the Red River, all thanks to a mutual aid agreement with Sherman made a few years ago.