Offices of Historic Newspaper Damaged in Fire - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

01/03/06

Offices of Historic Newspaper Damaged in Fire

The Tribune's staff and friends are trying to salvage what they can. The Tribune's staff and friends are trying to salvage what they can.

A Savannah landmark went up in flames overnight. The fire damaged the inside of the building housing the Savannah Tribune, a newspaper published in Savannah since the 19th century. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but it's believed to be electrical.

The fire apparently started sometime during the night. Workers at a next-door business saw the flames around 8am this morning and called the fire department. It didn't take firefighters long to put the fire out, but not before it damaged most of the office furniture and equipment.

The Tribune's staff and friends are trying to salvage what they can and see if they can save the data on their computers. "We're just undaunted by this," said publisher Shirley James. "Our slogan has been, we will be like the phoenix and just rise out of these ashes, because we do want to continue to serve this community."

The Tribune does not have to start from scratch or do it on its own. Others are pitching in to help the paper get back on its feet.

"We've had offers of help from SSU and their journalism department already, in reference to being able to utilize their computers," said James. "And I'm sure other people will come to our rescue."

But James says no matter what, tomorrow's edition will go out on time.

The Savannah Tribune was first published in 1875 and continued until the early 1960s before closing down. The paper was revived 1973 by current publishers Bob and Shirley James.

Reported by: Ron Wallace, rwallace@wtoc.com

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