Ethan Steinquest/Macon County Times Memaw's Grocery has been closed indefinitely after an electrical short caused a fire on Dec. 4. Although the outside of the building is unaffected, Lafayette Fire Department Chief Troy Brawner said the interior suffered heavy damage from smoke and fire.

Ethan Steinquest/Macon County Times

Memaw's Grocery has been closed indefinitely after an electrical short caused a fire on Dec. 4. Although the outside of the building is unaffected, Lafayette Fire Department Chief Troy Brawner said the interior suffered heavy damage from smoke and fire.

Memaw's Grocery, located at 5190 Scottsville Road in Lafayette, suffered heavy internal smoke and fire damage on Dec. 4 due to an electrical short near its deep fryer.

The store has closed indefinitely due to the extent of the damage. This marks the second incident to force its closure this year, after a vehicle struck the building on Aug. 3.

"The inside's just burned completely … it's gone," Memaw's Grocery owner Charlene White said. "I'm still in a daze right now."

Lafayette Fire Department Chief Troy Brawner said that firefighters received a call regarding the incident at 4:06 p.m. and returned to the station at 5:57 p.m. No injuries were sustained in the fire.

According to White, Memaw's Grocery had recently completed repairs from a wreck that did damage to the building and was open again for a month before the fire took place.

"(Damage from the car wreck) took about a week to repair," White said. "It knocked the wall three feet in, broke out windows and demolished the inside of the store."

A locally owned, small-town grocery, Memaw's set itself apart with its selection of home-cooked meals. Visitors could choose from bacon cheeseburgers, baked chicken, pancakes and more while shopping.

White said that the fire damage is more extensive than the wreck had been, and the time frame on potential repairs is uncertain.

"I've been there 20 years, and I'm heartbroken," White said. "I have no clue what to do or where I'm going. I'm still in a daze right now."