The former commercial, turned residential building at 1984 U.S. Highway 72 East (Liddon Lake hill area) across from Tractor Supply Co. was fully involved when Corinth firefighters arrived on the scene around 2:15 p.m.
“It was a large fire,” said Corinth Deputy Fire Chief James Bryant. “Since we knew it was abandoned, we let it burn and made the decision not to enter. We were just trying to keep the flames from spreading.”
Dark clouds of smoke could be seen billowing across busy Highway 72 during the fire. Two Corinth Fire Department units and seven firefighters responded to the blaze, while Corinth Police officers and Alcorn County Constable Johnny Bulter assisted with traffic control.
The structure had no power or utilities active at the time of the fire.
“We are unsure what or how the fire started,” added Bryant. “At this time, the fire is under investigation.”
A man seen in the area during the fire was questioned by authorities.
Some vegetation and several large trees were also damaged in the fire.
According to Bryant, the structure was of historical significance.
The building was part of the Liddon Lake complex, originally known as Crystal Lake, built by B.F. Liddon in the 1920s or 1930s.
In its heyday, the complex included several man-made lakes, tennis courts, playgrounds, a large swimming pool and a Viking boat structure used as a dance hall and restaurant.