AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A historic has been building destroyed after it caught fire Tuesday afternoon.
Dense smoke covered parts of Walton Way and Taylor Street around 5 p.m.. R.S. Brown was one of first people on scene. “The fire was huge, you could see it from miles away.” A crowd of people like Brown rushed to the area to see what was going on. “I came across just before it started, before the fire trucks got here.”
Coming across the Walton Way bridge, Brown saw Pullman Hall up in flames. “As I was going across, we came to a little stop so I captured a little video of how major and massive this fire was.” The 2-alarm fire destroying the old banquet hall in only an hours time. “They were able to get it under control in 20 minutes, so that was very impressive.”
Augusta-Richmond County Fire/EMA PIO Michael Meyers says the investigation has only begun. “It will be, just like any fire in Augusta, actively investigated. They will do a very thorough investigation to make sure they cover all their bases.” Meyers says a collapsed wall delayed their entry into the building. No employees were in the building when the fire broke out.
“The area has lost a very important building, so it’s a loss, but we’re just glad nobody was hurt,” said Brown.
The sheriff’s office is urging people to stay away from the area for the time being.