Fire destroys Kentucky repair shop, but some merchandise saved

Publish Date: 
Sep 27, 2013

FLORENCE, Ky. – Fire swept through a motorcycle repair shop Sept. 26, forcing closure of a stretch of the Dixie Highway and bringing out four fire departments to battle the blaze.

The fire was first reported as a car fire at Short-T-Cycles at 2:15 p.m. Upon arriving at the scene, Florence firefighters did not see any smoke, but something in the back of the repair shop sparked the fire, assistant fire chief Kelly Aylor told the Cincinnati Inquirer. The fire was contained to the back of the shop, but the garage is a total loss. The cause of the blaze is still unknown.

The shop, owned by Joe “Short-T” Catton, specializes in Harley-Davidson and custom motorcycles and has been in business since 2002, according to its website.

John Maines, a friend of Catton‘s, told the newspaper he arrived just after the fire began and helped Catton save 15 customer bikes from the fire. Maines said they also saved much of the merchandise from the front of the shop.

Posted  by Holly Wagner