Smith Co. fire destroys business

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The Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office remained on the scene Monday morning of a structure fire that damaged one business and completely destroyed another in the southwest part of the county.

Smith County Fire Marshal Connie McCoy-Wasson said her office was dispatched at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, to CubeSmart Self Storage, 12324 Highway 155 South.

“Residents who live on the property called in a fire that appeared to have started in the part of the storage business that houses RVs and motor homes,” Wasson said.

“The roof collapsed so they are not sure how many RVs were damaged or destroyed by the fire,” she said, adding that they are in the preliminary stage of their investigation.

High winds spread the fire to the nearby business, Racer’s Choice Inc., 12001 County Road 1114, in Tyler. The business, which manufactures products for car racing, is a complete loss, Wasson said.

“The fire is still active but is under control,” Wasson said.

Fire departments from Noonday, Flint/Gresham, Bullard, Tyler, Whitehouse, Dixie, Chapel Hill and Winona responded.

The origin of the fire has been narrowed down to two motor homes, although Smith County Fire Marshal Connie McCoy-Wasson said they have not pinpointed which one it started in. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting the Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office in the investigation.

A cost estimate has not yet been determined.

Members of the Noonday Fire Department remained on the scene as of Monday afternoon because the fire was still burning.

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