Mugshots burns in early morning fire

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HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - An early Monday fire at Mugshots Bar and Grill in Hattiesburg destroyed the business's building as firefighters worked for an hour to extinguish the blaze.

The fire started at the West Fourth Street business just before four AM Monday morning. Ron Savell owns Mugshots and said the phone call he received that his establishment was burning was the worst news a business owner could receive.

Savell said Mugshots has other locations and employees will be directed to those restaurants to work. Savell explained that he has owned Mugshots for seven years and plans were in the works to sell the Hattiesburg building and move into the old Alumni House restaurant location by the Grand Theatre in Hattiesburg. He said those plans are still on, but he wasn't expecting the fire.

"Hattiesburg hasn't heard the last of us. We started here in 2004 and we are going to end here so Mugshots will live on baby," said Savell.

The Hattiesburg Fire Department said firefighters are currently removing debris from the scene and the state arson investigator as well as local fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

Assistant Hattiesburg Fire Chief Paul Presley said those answers will likely come by next week.

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