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Late-night fire destroys Riverdale tire store

Investigators probe cause of blaze

Photo by Elaine Rackley
Clayton County Fire Department responded to fire at a tire shop in Riverdale. The shop had used tires displayed on both sides of the building.

Photo by Elaine Rackley Clayton County Fire Department responded to fire at a tire shop in Riverdale. The shop had used tires displayed on both sides of the building.

RIVERDALE — Clayton County fire department investigators are working to determine the cause of a late night blaze which destroyed a Riverdale tire shop.

The fire began Wednesday around 11:30 p.m., at a Yunus used tire shop located at 5608 Riverdale Road, according to Clayton County Fire Capt. Walter L. Barber.

“We are conducting an investigation to rule out any and every possibility of arson or of any suspicious activity,” Barber said.

More than 27 firefighters battled the late-night blaze, using two fire engines, an aerial truck, an air light truck, a medic unit and a rescue unit, he said.

There were no injuries, according to the fire captain.

“The fire didn’t burn all night,” Barber said.

He said once the blaze was under control two fire units returned to the tire shop. Firefighters returned to the scene twice on Thursday. A unit checked the tire shop at 3:50 a.m., and another unit returned to the scene at 7:45 a.m.

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Photo by Elaine Rackley A late-night fire destroyed a Riverdale tire shop, Wednesday. Clayton County Fire Department investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

“After we have a fire, we have a unit to return to check for hot spots and if they find any they make sure they are extinguished,” he added. “That is standard procedure, just to make sure they have extinguished the fire.”

The used tire shop was still in operation, according to fire officials’ records, Barber said.

Clayton County Police Department also responded to a fire at the used tire shop, according to C. Ashmore, a spokesperson for the police department.

Ashmore said Wednesday’s late-night fire was not the first time firefighters and police officers had responded to the location.

“There was one report of a possible fire in July 2012, with no fire or incidents being located,” she said.

James Sherrer, 47, of Riverdale, was at the tire shop Thursday. He said he watched as firefighters worked to ensure the fire was completely out.

“I came by here like I always do taking my daughter to work and the fire department was just wrapping things up,” Sherrer said. “There was one fire truck and they were spraying water on the building.”