Moulton woke to smoldering rubble and ash Tuesday morning, but as many began preparing for their day--and perhaps even drove over to the Square to witness the devastation--numerous firefighters, police officers, street workers and volunteers were on their ninth hour battling flames and working damage control.

These city workers and countless volunteers from all over Lawrence County, and even from surrounding counties, spent their Monday night laboring over historic buildings and businesses that help the city thrive.

Moulton firefighters continued monitoring the Square throughout the day Wednesday as excavators and contractors came in to begin clearing debris.

Several business owners and employees woke without a job to go to, and some are still unsure of the lasting impact the damage will have on their own livelihoods.

Through this time of crisis, Lawrence County citizens demonstrate again their willingness to come together and overcome. When the call went out, so many were there to answer.

As the city begins to pick up the pieces and take the first steps towards recovery, we need to take this time to thank the workers for a job very well done and remember those who lost so much in the fire.

Thank you to those who have spent sleepless days battling and maintaining such a disastrous situation. Thank you to those who came by choice to help your neighbor, and thank you to the many that have offered help and words of comforts to those who have lost so much.

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