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No reopening date set for downtown Sumter's fire-damaged Wells Fargo

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 8/19/19
Sumter Fire Department officials confirmed Monday they don't think there was foul play involved in a downtown bank fire from Aug. 9. Division Chief Joey Duggan said the department's investigation of a fire at the Wells Fargo building, 4 N. …

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No reopening date set for downtown Sumter's fire-damaged Wells Fargo

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Sumter Fire Department officials confirmed Monday they don't think there was foul play involved in a downtown bank fire from Aug. 9.

Division Chief Joey Duggan said the department's investigation of a fire at the Wells Fargo building, 4 N. Washington St., hasn't determined the cause of the blaze but said it doesn't appear to be anything suspicious.

At this point, Duggan said the bank's insurance company has called in its own independent investigators to determine the cause. The fire department's preliminary estimate from Aug. 9 of damage from the fire, which started in a communications room, was $1 million.

Amy Amirault, an assistant regional vice president of corporate communications for Wells Fargo out of Charleston, said Monday the bank hasn't determined yet when it will be able to reopen the downtown branch.

She said all branch employees have been assigned to other area branches in the meantime.

The other Wells Fargo banks and ATMS in Sumter are:

  • ATM - Gate Store #301: 231 E. Liberty St. | 800-869-3557 | ATM withdrawals only, no deposits, 24 hours
  • ATM - Sumter Market Express: 484 Pinewood Road | 800-869-3557 | ATM withdrawals only, no deposits, 24 hours
  • Bank and ATM - Wesmark: 1119 Broad St. | (803) 778-7702 | Lobby and drive-up hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday closed | 3 ATMs, 24 hours