Goal is to reopen fire-damaged Crowley Furniture by Dec. - KCTV5 News

Owner hopes to reopen fire-damaged Crowley furniture store before anniversary

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The owner of Crowley Furniture says he hopes to have the fire-damaged Liberty store back open well ahead of its 60th anniversary in December.

All of the furniture at the store in Liberty was destroyed by either fire, smoke or the water poured on the flames by firefighters. It took firefighters about 90 minutes to get the fire knocked down on Sunday morning.

Owner Greg Crowley thanked the firefighters who worked during the heat and humidity to battle the blaze at 200 N. Highway 291.

"It is awful happening," he said. "It is great to have a great group of people behind us."

He thanked everyone who is supporting them and expressing their sympathies at his loss.

The store wasn't open when flames were spotted about 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Ray Downey, who is a manager at a nearby pizza shop, noticed a pungent odor when he arrived to work.

"It smelled like somebody had fired up their smoker getting something together for Memorial Day weekend," Downey recalled.

As he came around the corner, he could see smoke billowing from the top of the building. He immediately called 911.

The Liberty store employees are now working at the company's warehouse and the two other locations in Overland Park and Lee's Summit.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The business celebrates its 60th anniversary on Dec. 4. The first store opened in 1954 in Excelsior Springs.

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