Fire destroys bakery in iconic structure on Hwy. 54 just west of Peachtree City

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View looking west at the Heirloom Bakery fire Wednesday evening. Aerial shots of the Heirloom blaze were provided by Matthew D’Morais via a DJI Mini 2 drone shooting 1080p video at 24fps.

An iconic landmark along Ga. Highway 54 just inside Coweta County went up in flames Sept. 21. Heirloom Market Co. and Bakery suffered what has been called a total loss of the structure, with the cause of the fire under investigation.

Commenting on the fire call that came in at 6:11 p.m. about smoke and flames coming from the upper story and roof, Fire Chief Robby Flanagan said, “Coweta County Fire Rescue received a call late this afternoon regarding a commercial fire at Heirloom Market Co. and Bakeshop. After arriving at the scene and making sure everyone was evacuated, we realized the fire was much larger and activated defensive operations.”

The fire was extinguished shortly after 9 p.m. and came with no injuries to citizens or firefighters, Flanagan said.

“No one was injured and the fire is now under control. Coweta County Fire Rescue and the Sheriff’s Office will remain onsite to monitor throughout the night,” Flanagan said last night.

Fire Marshall Enrico Dean said the building is being considered a large loss, adding that the cause of the fire has not been determined and is under investigation.

As would be expected, and given the building’s close proximity to Hwy. 54, the traffic flow was impeded during the time firefighters fought the blaze.

“We appreciate the support of the Georgia Mutual Aid

Group that assisted us during this time,” said Flanagan.

The building was constructed in 1970 by original owner Willie Albert Thompson, according to a detailed story in the Newnan Times-Herald.

Its first tenant was Thompson’s Barbecue. Later businesses located there included the Jasmine Tea Room, Collectors Corner and finally Heirloom Market and Bakery in 2019.

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ORIGINAL STORY — Firefighters battled a late Wednesday afternoon fire at Heirloom, the former Collectors Corner, located on Ga. Highway 54 just inside the Coweta County line near Fisher Crossing. Many frequent it as a bakery as well.

Photos on the Coweta County Fire Department Facebook page showed flames engulfing a significant portion of the large structure.

An update from the Peachtree City Police Department just after 7 p.m. noted that traffic on all eastbound lanes of Hwy. 54 had been reopened.

More information will be forthcoming when it becomes available.

The old home that for years housed antiques for sale, a tea room and gifts and known as Collectors Corner was severely damaged by a Wednesday evening fire, as shown in this photo taken from a passing car. Photo/Ryan Jolly.
The old home that for years housed antiques for sale, a tea room and gifts and known as Collectors Corner was severely damaged by a Wednesday evening fire, as shown in this photo taken from a passing car. Photo/Ryan Jolly.
Coweta firefighters on Wednesday afternoon fought a significant fire at Heirloom, the former Collectors Corner, on Ga. Highway 54 just inside Coweta County. Photo/Coweta County Fire Department.
Coweta firefighters on Wednesday afternoon fought a significant fire at Heirloom, the former Collectors Corner, on Ga. Highway 54 just inside Coweta County. Photo/Coweta County Fire Department.

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      • There are millions of properties in the US that are still fully functional despite being built in the “dark ages” between 1945 and 1970. Good grief…some of my favorite properties currently on the market are the Old Customs House in Tappahannock, Virginia circa 1750, A 1831 Joel Eton in Woodstock, Vermont, an 1820 waterfront beauty in Union, Maine and the 1771 grand Georgian in Lennox, Massachusetts. For heaven’s sake, the Tower of London was built in 1078 and its still going strong despite the Great Fire of London in 1666. Conversely, I have lived in neighborhoods where new construction homes ( 5 to 15 years old) have burned to the ground. Age is only a number.