Mac’s Fish Camp destroyed in early morning fire

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 23, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

No injuries were reported in an early Sunday morning fire that destroyed Mac’s Fish Camp, a popular Dallas County eatery known for its “great Southern fried catfish with a picturesque view of the Alabama River.”

An emergency call came in to dispatchers at 2:31 a.m. Sunday, according to a report released by Selma Fire and Rescue.

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“The building was fully involved in the kitchen and vented out of the roof,” the report states. “There is severe damage to the inside of the building and the roof. Selma Fire Department forced entrance into the front door.”

The Beloit and Potter Station Volunteer Fire Departments joined Selma Fire and Rescue in extinguishing the blaze. It took 10 minutes – and 4,000 gallons of water – to get the fire under control.

Alabama Deputy Fire Marshal Jebb Harrison is currently investigating the cause of the fire.

“I understand it burned up and that’s all I know,” owner Mike Hancock said on Monday.

In an e-mail statement to The Selma Times-Journal, Mac’s Fish Camp employees applauded the firefighters’ response.

“As we watched these volunteer fire people go in and out of the smoldering building, we were taken back on how they risk their lives to help. We have a renewed sense of gratitude for these courageous people.”

Mac’s Fish camp is located at 4407 Co. Rd. 17.