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Fire Destroys Holiday Landmark

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

For more than three decades, people from miles around would travel to the Mossy area of Fayette County during the Christmas season to gaze at Lacy's Lights.

Now the home where the light display was a staple until the late 1990s has been destroyed by fire.

No one was injured in last week's fire. Pax Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dale Mullins says it remains under investigation, but does not appear suspicious. He says it may have electrical in nature

According to The Register-Herald of Beckley, Lacy's Lights began in 1967 with one 36-dollar set of Christmas lights that disabled miner Lacy Smith received from his wife Lurabelle. The lights were strung on a footbridge on the property.

The Smiths continued to add to that initial set of lights until Lacy Smith's death in 1976. Lurabelle Smith continued the tradition until her death in 1998.

The family then donated the lights to the Fayette County Park. It's estimated that more than a (m) million people have visited the display since Lacy Smith strung that first set of lights.


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