Taxidermy Shop Destroyed by Fire

A Hunt County taxidermy shop was destroyed by fire at about 5:20 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Firefighters battled the 4-alarm fire at Hood's Taxidermy on U.S. Highway 69 in Lone Oak, southeast of Greenville, but were unable to save the building.

Owner Larry Hood said he'd been in business for 18 years but had no insurance for the building. Hood said more than 30 customers had animals in the building when it caught fire.

Hood said his wife notified him that the shop was on fire after watching coverage of the blaze on NBC 5.

Hood said the shop was closed when the fire began and he did not believe there was anything in the building that would have ignited. Fire officials have not released a cause of the fire.

Hood asked customers who may have lost animals in the fire to contact him at 903-450-7724.

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