The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 29, 2013

Tire business a ‘total loss’ after fire erupts

By Brandi Underwood
Register-Herald Reporter

— Fire ravaged the Summersville location of C. Adam Toney Discount Tires in the early hours of Saturday morning resulting in what management confirms as a “total loss.”

Summersville Deputy Fire Chief Brian Dell stated that crews were dispatched to the business’s Broad Street location just after 4 a.m. Saturday.

The structure was fully involved in the back portion of the building when firefighters reached the scene.  

Dell stated that the area on fire housed the tire supply and waste oil drums and served as the shop’s maintenance area.

“Fires fueled by petroleum products are very hard to fight,” Dell explained. “My men got about five feet in the door before their face shields started melting.”

Three aerial units worked to spray the blaze from above, and crews from Summersville, Richwood, Craigsville, Wilderness and Kessler’s Cross Lanes volunteer fire departments continued to battle flames until 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dell said.

Dell explained that controlling contaminated runoff water into Summersville Lake was a big concern during their efforts.

An official from the Department of Environmental Protection was on-site Saturday to assess any resulting petroleum contamination.

C. Adam Toney General Manager Eddie Hambrick said that the fire was a multimillion-dollar loss for the company, but confirmed that the building was insured.

Hambrick stated that management plans to regroup and resume business in Summersville as quickly as they can.

“We’ve got to get something up and running as soon as possible,” Hambrick said. “Our employees won’t be out of work for long.

“We’re not sure where, but we plan to open back up somewhere in Summersville later this week,” Hambrick said.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.