Pine Bluff City Council Public Health and Welfare Committee Chairman Lloyd Holcomb Jr. said Friday that the owner of Young’s Cleaners has hired a contractor to demolish the fire-gutted structure.
“The owner of the Young’s Cleaners building has hired a contractor who bought a permit Thursday to begin cleanup work Monday, weather permitting,” Holcomb said. “This is a private agreement between the building’s owner and the contractor. No city funds are being used.”
Some of the rubble from the fire was spread out on Main Street, causing one of the street lanes to be roped off since the fire.
Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Chief Shauwn Howell said recently that an arson is suspected in the May 24 fire that destroyed the building.
“The building was vacant and not under operation, so that makes us think someone intentionally set this fire,” Howell said in May.
There were no injuries in the fire, which caused an estimated $75,000 in damage to the 15,000-square-foot structure at 917 S. Main St. Howell said at the time that fire crews were dispatched at 10:20 p.m. and were on the scene for five hours.
There is a $2,500 reward for anyone with information about the fire leading to an arrest and a conviction. Anyone with information is asked to call 730-2048.