Fire-ravaged White River Junction antique store demolished; future plans unclear
A pile of rubble is all that remains of the structure that used to house the Heirloom Antique Center & Furniture Hospital and Mainly Vintage clothing store just outside of downtown White River Junction.
An excavator sits idle next to the debris, a tangle of charred wood, destroyed furniture and never-to-be-worn-again clothing along Route 5.
The businesses were owned by Richard Brown and Ann Hayden, who had sold the property before an early morning fire gutted it on June 19. Hartford Fire Chief Scott Cooney recently said the fire began in the basement but could not determine the cause.
Cooney told the Valley News the fire was not considered suspicious.
The new owner, Marc Garza, has moved his Upper Valley Coin & Jewelry business into an adjacent building. Garza, a combat veteran and Hartford High graduate, was planning to open a gym on the site of the former antique and clothing complex.
Garza said he's unsure of his future plans for the site, saying he'd rather reserve fuller comment for later.
"We're just waiting on the town," he said. "Everything should be cleaned up in a week."