Firefighters battle fire at Cooks Flea Market in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A fire at a Winston-Salem flea market Wednesday afternoon sent one person to the hospital. The fire broke out just after 3 p.m. at Cooks Flea Market, located at 4520 Patterson Ave. Capt. Scott Gauldin, with the Winston-Salem Fire Department, said they had to evacuate six to 10 people, and one person was sent to a local hospital. There is no word on the extent of their injuries. Gauldin said the firefighters focused their fight on the back southwest corner of the building, but officials will have to continue investigating to determine a cause.
Dozens of firefighters flooded the building, dousing the flames with water, as vendors watched helpless from the parking lot. “They’re all shocked just like we are. Wanting to know what’s going on and how much damage there is,” Burton Brown said. Brown has set up shop in Cooks Flea Market for the past 20 years and despite this setback, doesn’t plan on that changing. “We’re proud to be a part of it, so you know we’ll overcome this tragedy,” Brown said.

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