By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
NEAR CALLISBURG — The A2Z Auction House located at Farm-to-Market road 678 in Whitesboro was gutted by a fire Friday afternoon.
Firefighters from Gainesville, Whitesboro, Callisburg, Lindsay, Collinsville and Oak Ridge responded to the blaze which destroyed the popular auction business of Steve and Joyce Moler who had owned the building for 15 years. The Cooke County Sheriff’s Department was on hand to control traffic on the two lane road heavily congested with emergency equipment.
“Prior to opening our business 15 years ago, there was a small fire in the north east corner of the building,” Steve Moler said. “Not sure if this started in the same area.”
Moler said that although the business was a total loss and the couple did not have insurance, it could have been worse.
“Since I work nights, I sometimes come up here and take a nap in the afternoon,” Moler continued. “ I could have been inside.”
Sadly, the Moler’s grandson’s dog, Tank, was inside the warehouse at the time of the blaze and perished in the fire.
At the time the fire started, the Molers were conducting an estate sale in Denison.
Someone with the Callisburg school district contacted the owners and called 911,
Gainesville assistant fire chief Wally Cox was at the scene and said it is too early to determine the source of the fire.
“We will be investigating the fire,” he said. “Unfortunately a dog was in the warehouse and could not be rescued.”
Joyce Moler was the licensed auctioneer for the business.
By CATHY MOUNCE
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