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Fire-ravaged building razed in downtown Denison

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DENISON, Texas -- What's left of the downtown Denison building that was devastated in the October 9 fire has been razed.

Demolition crews began their work on Monday. The fire in the 300 block of West Main Street destroyed Luxor Nails and Spa. Smoke and water damage forced two adjacent businesses --  2 Chicks Home and Market and The Desk and Easel Coworking Space -- to relocate.

"We can't end until we begin, and so we're ready to get the demolition over with so we can begin the rebuilding process," Denison Main Street director Donna Dow said.

Almost two months after the big fire, no official cause has been cited; laboratories are still processing all the evidence.

The Desk and Easel has relocated to the Old Chevy Building at 318 West Chestnut Street; 2 Chicks Home and Market is operating out of 421 West Main Street.

"At first, I thought we weren't as affected as everybody else when you saw the flames on all the other buildings, but we were," 2 Chicks owner Elsie Russell said. "We had to shut down and remove everything and clean everything."

She was able to recover most of her inventory.

"There's been a lot of behind the scenes activity going on," Dow said. "This is longer than we want it to be, but it actually is occurring on a compressed schedule."

Russell added that the fire has, in a way, been a blessing to the City of Denison.

"It shows you what your community can do when it's challenged, especially our sweet downtown," she said. "Everybody over at City Hall has been amazing trying to help everybody that has been affected."

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