Fire destroyed Hall’s Motorsports in Mobile, Ala., and investigators say the blaze did $2 million in damage.
The fire broke out in a heater closet March 22 and may have smoldered for some time before employees noticed smoke and called 911, investigators say.
“It should be noted that the fire was not caused by the heater but started in the heater closet. Investigators believe the fire may have been burning unnoticed for quite some time, spreading into the crawlspace above the drop ceiling before employees noticed smoke coming from the ceiling above in the showroom area and called 911,” a department statement says.
The fire was reported around 11:22 a.m. and fire officials called for a second-alarm assignment sending additional firefighters. Eight fire engines responded to the store, and fire¬fighters had to pull back at least once because it looked as if the roof might collapse.
No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire was ruled non-suspicious/undetermined.
Local news outlets the Montgomery Advertiser reported that fire melted “hundreds of personal watercraft, motorcycles and all- terrain vehicles,” and the Press-Register captured spectacular photographs of the conflagration.
Posted by Holly Wagner