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Fire destroys fishing business

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A fire Sunday afternoon destroyed the fishing supply business that Leon Goodell ran out of a shop at his residence on Private Road 4611 south of Boyd.
Goodell’s Jandell Corporation supplied Bass Pro Shops and distributors in Florida with fish oil, chum and other fishing accessories.
The shop, a truck, fork lift, trailer and all his supplies were lost in the fire that included several explosions as propane tanks ignited.
Firefighters from Boyd, Paradise, Newark, Rhome, Cottondale and Springtown battled the blaze that was reported at 5:46 p.m.
“The structure was fully involved when we made the scene,” said Boyd Assistant Fire Chief Geary McDonald. “We made an initial attack and knocked it down.”
Firefighters were able to keep the fire from burning less than an acre of grass around the metal building.
Firefighters spent three hours and 33 minutes on the fire. That was after many of them were at a structure fire in Rhome earlier in the day.
Goodell said the only two appliances using electricity in the shop were a fan and refrigerator. He was last in the building around 12:30 p.m.
He said his neighbor told him about the fire.
“It probably didn’t go up real quick, but no one saw it,” Goodell said. “My neighbor came over and told me. When I saw it, it was flaming. There was no hope. I was able to move the tractor and that was about all.”
The 73-year-old Goodell said he doesn’t expect to reopen his business.
“I’m not going through that again,” he said.