The massive fire Tuesday that burned the main building at Keller’s Flea Market on Ogeechee Road in Chatham County won't keep the popular business closed for long.
Keller’s stated in a Facebook post on Wednesday that they anticipate allowing vendors access to their booths at 9 a.m. Friday and hope to re-open the market for normal business hours Saturday at 8 a.m.
Fortunately there were no reports of injuries to people or pets at the flea market, an area landmark. Chief of Operations Phil Koster of Chatham Emergency Services Station 3 said the station received a call about the fire at 11:41 a.m. Tuesday. The first engine arrived on the scene at 11:43 a.m.. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control within an hour.
Fire agencies from Savannah, Pooler and Garden City worked together to battle the fire and by 6 p.m., the last unit cleared the scene.
According to Koster, the swift two-minute response time and their ability to contain the fire to the main building only, resulted in the attached wings of the building not catching fire.
Some vendors who ply their goods or services at the flea market were ready to get back to work Wednesday.
Jewelry repair vendor Luis Quintero said he has run his business from a booth at the flea market for 15 years. “I live in South Carolina and I heard about it through the news. The fire didn’t affect my booth.”
“I plan to continue to do business there as soon as possible. I hope it continues, many people sustain their families by doing business there.”
More information about Keller’s Flea Market can be found on their website at https://ilovefleas.com and on their Facebook page.