Rising from the ashes: 10 years ago Advance and Big D’s destroyed by fire

The scene at 7:15 a.m. Feb. 12 2006
The scene at 7:15 a.m. Feb. 12 2006

It is hard to imagine that 10 years have gone by since our fire Feb. 12, 2006. I will always remember the brave firefighters who tried their best to save our building and that of Big D’s Pizza. 

The support we were given by many kind people in the community in the days following the fire — and since I started as editor 27 years ago this month —  will never be forgotten. 

I am happy to report things have worked out well for us in our (still) new building.

You make me believe in small towns.     —-Richard Lamb, editor and publisher


The 125 year-old buildings went quickly as the fire spread from the front to the rear. (Photos by Richard Lamb)
The 125 year-old buildings went quickly as the fire spread from the front to the rear. (Photos by Richard Lamb)
The front page of the Advance from Feb. 2006 showed the beginnings of the fire which would consume the Advance office and Big D's Pizza.
The front page of the Advance from Feb. 2006 showed the beginnings of the fire which would consume the Advance office and Big D’s Pizza. The newspaper did not miss an issue, going into production two days after the fire.
Less than one hour after arriving, firefighters faced this scene on Feb. 12, 2006 as the Advance and Big D's Pizza burned.
Less than one hour after arriving, firefighters faced this scene on Feb. 12, 2006 as the Advance and Big D’s Pizza burned.