LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Disaster recovery crews spent the afternoon seeing what they could salvage of the Boyd Law Firm at 1317 Cantrell Road. Though the flames destroyed most of the building, the owner says it could have been much worse.
Flames shot through the roof of the Boyd Law Firm just after one o'clock Friday.
"I was scared to death and heartbroken for my boss. I was at my desk and saw a piece of the roof fall off onto the porch outside my window and started yelling for Charlie that the place was on fire and we needed to get out," says Paralegal Novi Horton.
The fire is believed to have started on the second floor deck. In a matter of moments the blaze engulfed the entire building.
"I called 911 while I was at my desk and it started getting hot and I just left the phone there and left," says Horton.
Horton and Attorney Charlie Boyd were the only ones inside and made it out okay. Luckily, Boyd says, they had the most important things in their hands.
"The one thing I did leave the office with was the server that has most of our things, hopefully almost all of our things backed up on it," said Boyd.
The cause of the blaze is still being investigated but authorities don't suspect foul play. As for Boyd and the future of his law firm, he says his business and his clients will be taken care of.
"None of our clients are going to suffer, everything we needed was backed up. It's a temporary hit in the stomach that we wish hadn't happened but like I said, tough times don't last, tough people do and we will persevere," says Boyd.
Boyd says they hope to move into a temporary building next week. In the meantime, they'll examine the building to see what, if anything, is salvageable.
Police shut down both directions of Cantrell while firefighters battled the blaze. Traffic opened back up just before 5 o'clock.
The Boyd Law Firm moved into the 1896 building in 1997.