Friday, December 16, 2011

A Sad Day





Our township of Miles is in mourning this week, following a fire which destroyed one of the iconic buildings in the main street.  Thankfully, the fire brigade managed to contain the blaze, and save the adjoining buildings.  I am not totally sure how long the building had been in the street, but it had been vacant for quite a while.  The photograph above was taken yesterday when I went to town.

When we first moved to the district in the very late 70's, I was amused at the little tower atop the building.  At that time it was a Holden dealership/workshop.  The very latest venture saw it as home to a furniture and electrical retail outlet.  During it's day as a car dealership, the Holden flag was always flying.  This small photograph shows the building in it's final livery.  It also recently provided a small space for an ATM outlet.

Who knows what the building owners will do with the space now.  We have been told the town is expanding due to the Coal Seam Gas and open-cut coal in and around the district, but the businesses don't seem to reflect that expansion.  Time will tell I suppose.  

It must be a sad day for some of the older residents of the town and district. 


7 comments:

N. Maria said...

It is very sad when a building like that goes down. Towns are a changin'.....I hope something great happens in that spot.

Anneliese said...

What a sad happening - I am sorry for that. If I understand it right - open-cut coal would probably be the last thing what residents could wish. Landscape destroying, or?

Radka said...

Oh Linda, there is just too many bad news around before Christmas.
Loosing a building like that is very sad, but may be something good will come out of that? There speaks an optimist :))

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Linda, Yes, How very sad to see a landmark disappear due to a awful disaster. Hopefully they will rebuild something more beautiful and useful for you all. Hugs Judy

Karyn said...

Small towns need all the businesses they can get; what a shame this one has burnt down. Hopefully the owners will take the opportunity to open something that will just take off and be bigger and better than what what there before.

Jen said...

Hello Linda, What a shame to lose an old building.Too many old buildings with some history are let go to ruin and are disappearing from small towns. Maybe a new building for the community to use will replace it.

Dianne said...

Hi Linda, I heard about this fire on the news. It is sad for any town to lose an iconic building. Hope something nice can be built to replace it.