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Iconic Lake Lanier bait shop, The Dam Store, catches fire
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Iconic Lake Lanier bait shop, The Dam Store, catches fire

Iconic Lake Lanier bait shop, The Dam Store, catches fire
Jeff "Buddha" Powell (left) who runs The Dam Store in Buford, shows fishing spots to Danny Shirley, who stopped in for bait before a night fishing trip. Powell said his business has dropped off by about 40 percent due to the low water levels in Lake Lanier.

Iconic Lake Lanier bait shop, The Dam Store, catches fire

An iconic business near Lake Lanier suffers damage from an overnight fire. 

Gwinnett County firefighters arrived at the Dam Store on Buford Dam Road just after midnight Wednesday morning. 

The bait and tackle shop has been at Lake Lanier for more than 60 years. The family that runs it lives in a two-story section of the building that caught fire. 

The family awakened by the smell of smoke and smoke alarms and called 911.

“One of the young children actually woke (the family) up to the smell of smoke,” Gwinnett fire Cpt. Tommy Rutledge told News/Talk WSB. “They heard the smoke alarms going off and that’s when they evacuated.

There was also a boat park nearby that was on fire.

“Anyone who has been to Lake Lanier on the Gwinnett side has been by this store or stopped by this store,” said Rutledge. “(It’s) certainly an icon that has been around the last 60-plus years.”

No one was hurt and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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