Historic Home Destroyed by fire; Blac...

Historic Home Destroyed by fire; Blackstone home known as Armbruste...

There are 30 comments on the WTVR story from Aug 19, 2010, titled Historic Home Destroyed by fire; Blackstone home known as Armbruste.... In it, WTVR reports that:

For many in the tiny town of Blackstone, Virginia the Armbruster estate is an icon.

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Out to lunch alot

United States

#21 Aug 30, 2010
by the way, the newspaper photos seem to indicate a first floor level fire that rapidly moved upward in the older style construction. How convienent to have an "electrical" fire start at floor level? Actually it would be unusual to have an electrical fire start at floor level, as wiring tends to be in the walls and ceiling spaces. Of course a mouse with a match can do lots of damage ....
Willie Wonka

Smithfield, NC

#22 Nov 15, 2010
I was told that Larry Palmore was running a Meth Lab out of the home and thats why it burnt down!
Bob

Rocky Mount, VA

#23 Nov 16, 2010
Willie Wonka wrote:
I was told that Larry Palmore was running a Meth Lab out of the home and thats why it burnt down!
That is true. He burnt the house down because the one he has on the moon is more profitable.
whisper

United States

#24 Nov 20, 2010
I heard the owner (Lail) is going to sue the Town of Blackstone for burning the home by turning on the electricty before doing an inspection. And that they knew it was dangerous, but did it anyway for the connection fee. And his lawsuit includes the Town Manager because he bulldozed the burning building and isn't a firefighter. Insurance has quit paying Lail, which is the reason for the lawsuit. Insurance has found no indications of electrical arcing to cause the fire. Arcing would have been a slow moving fire in a localized area, not a fully engulfed fire from the floor up. Electrical is usually in the walls and ceiling, not under the 1st floor. Lail's lawsuit is estimated at 3.2 million, because of the potential business he would have had at the location.
Uuummmmm what

Midlothian, VA

#25 Nov 20, 2010
whisper wrote:
I heard the owner (Lail) is going to sue the Town of Blackstone for burning the home by turning on the electricty before doing an inspection. And that they knew it was dangerous, but did it anyway for the connection fee. And his lawsuit includes the Town Manager because he bulldozed the burning building and isn't a firefighter. Insurance has quit paying Lail, which is the reason for the lawsuit. Insurance has found no indications of electrical arcing to cause the fire. Arcing would have been a slow moving fire in a localized area, not a fully engulfed fire from the floor up. Electrical is usually in the walls and ceiling, not under the 1st floor. Lail's lawsuit is estimated at 3.2 million, because of the potential business he would have had at the location.
Considering the town merely flips a switch at the owner's request, I don't see how Lail would have much of a case. Also, because Larry Palmore was acting on behalf of the fire department, and because the state's investigation is still ongoing (so assumedly, NO insurance money has been paid yet), Lail doesn't have a legal leg to stand on...I'd be interested in knowing where you got any of your information...unless you made it all up.
whisper

United States

#26 Dec 3, 2010
ummm what Didn't make it up. Investigation is at dead end. Pile of rubble still a pile of rubble with no one making an effort to clean it up. Larry Palmore was fired for one lawsuit, while out of towner Candy Early is waiting on her lawsuit to proceed. Since she was recently in an accident she most likely has another lawsuit in the making. DBI out of money. Town newspaper still writing personal opinions, gossip, and one man's agenda issues as if he was actually reporting news. Blackstone Enquirer. Out of towner Lail still waiting on his check, which he will probably get about 70% of the total. Lucky 8s has been held to near impossible rules, but still manages to stay in business. Luckily Larry P has a lovely home in Brunswick County, and now B-Town can spend time searching for someone to take the job, but replace Larry, not really. and none of this was made up either.
Smiling

AOL

#27 Dec 3, 2010
Actually, I would imagine that all of Southside Virginia is pleased to see the that Larry Palmore was finally fired.
Still waiting

Midlothian, VA

#28 Dec 5, 2010
whisper wrote:
ummm what Didn't make it up. Investigation is at dead end. Pile of rubble still a pile of rubble with no one making an effort to clean it up. Larry Palmore was fired for one lawsuit, while out of towner Candy Early is waiting on her lawsuit to proceed. Since she was recently in an accident she most likely has another lawsuit in the making. DBI out of money. Town newspaper still writing personal opinions, gossip, and one man's agenda issues as if he was actually reporting news. Blackstone Enquirer. Out of towner Lail still waiting on his check, which he will probably get about 70% of the total. Lucky 8s has been held to near impossible rules, but still manages to stay in business. Luckily Larry P has a lovely home in Brunswick County, and now B-Town can spend time searching for someone to take the job, but replace Larry, not really. and none of this was made up either.
What does identifying someone as an "out of towner" based on their residence accomplish? Candy Early owns a business in Blackstone. Lail owns property in Blackstone. Like them or not (I'm personally not a fan of Lail), they are as much a part of Blackstone as anyone else.

And how would you know that the investigation is at a "dead end?" The state investigates, and once the investigation is complete (whether a cause is found, or whether the results are inconclusive), a report is issued. Until a report is issued, the investigation is still therefore ongoing.

As for Palmore, I wouldn't be surprised if the timing of his termination has something to do with the town's insurance covering him in the Earley lawsuit (if he's no longer an employee, the town won't cover any judgement, should the Court find in favor of Candy). But that's just one theory...

I've done a quick search of the VA Courts' database. I still haven't found anything related to the Lail lawsuit you alluded to. And it still doesn't make sense to me. I'm still waiting for sources or details, rather than the ridiculous ramblings of an ill-informed busy body.
Liz

Memphis, TN

#29 Oct 22, 2011
Tom Robinson wrote:
As the former owner of this property, I feel that I need to correct some information. The name of the business, when it was a restaurant, was Armbrusters At Blackstone. It was built by Lucy Robertson and her husband. It was the Robertson home. It was indeed the pride of the Town of Blackstone. Mrs. Robertson was one of the most prominant women in Blackstone during her lifetime.
I purchased the property in 1989 from Bill and Betty Armbruster, which is where the name came from. I did not change the name as it was so widely known by this name. I sold the business in 1996. It was sad to see this wonderful and elegant home decay over the years.
Do you by chance have the recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole from Armbrusters? If so I hope you will share it.
willie wonka

Falls Church, VA

#31 Feb 8, 2012
I don't know about all that but I think when u say Randy I only know his name as John but the sons name is Brandon and the younger son is Travis but I might have the wrong set of Meadows idk

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