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Owner Vows To Stay In Business After Nicholas County Fire

Reported: Dec. 28, 2013 10:20 AM EST
Updated: Dec. 28, 2013 10:32 PM EST
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SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (Katy Brown) - A multi-million dollar business went up in flames, leaving nothing behind but ashes.

Firefighters responded to the fire at C. Adam Toney Tire Warehouse in Summersville at about 4 a.m. Saturday morning.

"You know you can replace a building but you can't replace lives," owner Charles Toney said.

By the time crews arrived, the fire was fully engulfed.

“It was very hot,” Summersville Deputy Fire Chief Brian Bell said. “The front porch of the building was full of tires. Our first crew went in the door five feet. Their ears started to burn, face shields were melting. They had to back out. We just couldn't get into it."

Six Nicholas County Fire Departments- Richwood, Nettie, Summersville, Craigsville, Wilderness and Kesler's Cross Lanes all responded to the fire on Broad Street

Several other departments in surrounding counties were on stand-by, as firefighters battled the flames for more than four hours.

Thousands of tires and three cars were destroyed inside the building, and the structure itself caved, as the heat weakened the metal beams.

As firefighters gained control of the flames, they also had to deal with the hazardous materials inside the building.

"We also have to worry about your runoff, your water,” Bell said. “We had to try to contain that, to try to keep it out of Summersville Lake."

Firefighters still don't know how the fire started, and, luckily, no one was injured.

Toney said he is thankful for firefighters who put their lives on the line.

He and his employees watched as crews tried to save the building

Even though they were unsuccessful, he said he still has a responsibility to his employees.

“We have a lot of people that have been with us for a number of years, true employees that we have to get back up and working,” he said. “Their families depend on us."

And while he gets his employees back on their feet and back to work. Toney is staying optimistic about starting over.

"We're going to find a building here locally, try to find a business here locally,” he said. “We'll get back in business here in Nicholas County."

No word was available on how the fire started. State fire marshals are investigating.




SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (Mamie Buoy) (Photo Courtesy: Chuck Rose) - Firefighters are trying to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a Nicholas County business.

Firefighters say the C. Adam Toney Tire Store on Broad Street in Summersville caught on fire early Saturday morning.

Nobody got hurt, but firefighters say the business is a total loss.

We have a crew on the scene. Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for the latest on this developing story.



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