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Massive Tyrone fire devastates local businesses

By Michael Cuneo – 

At least three Tyrone businesses were impacted by a large fire on Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters were dispatched to a building off Senoia Road just after 3 p.m., remaining at the location for several hours to completely extinguish hot spots.

Officials have yet to determine what caused the fire, but they have some idea as to where it originated.
Fayette County EMA Director Mike Singleton said that officials believe the fire started in the attic portion of the building, making the initial flames and smoke hard to locate.

“We believe the fire originated in the attic section. If it’s up in the attic and it has time to progress before anyone notices it, then you’ve got a problem.” Singleton said.

One of the businesses impacted was Red Door Consignment, a popular clothing store that recently closed due to renovations. The company’s owner posted to their Facebook page on Wednesday night, sharing the emotion and shock that followed the incident.

“I sit here trying to think of something eloquent to say, my mind draws a blank. As we said earlier, we truly have no words to say.” the Facebook post reads.

“This truly is a devastating loss. So much time, work, and love has gone into this building and this business that we can’t even begin to quantify it with words. Standing and watching it burn was one of the hardest things we’ve ever had to do.” The post continues.

Southern Shed, a home décor boutique, was also destroyed in the fire. Owner Audrey Pearson said she was in the building as it caught on fire and was able to escape moments before flames grew more prominent.

“We were just in the store together – we didn’t have a customer at the moment – one of the owners of Red Door, which is one of the consignment stores in the front of the building, just came in our door and said ‘Y’all need to get out the building is on fire.” Pearson told WSB-TV.

“We didn’t smell any smoke. We didn’t have any idea it was on fire and we came out the door and we saw it go across the roof. We had time to get our purses, and that was it. We came out with nothing else.” Pearson continued.

Singleton also noted that firefighters initially entered the building before evacuating due to concerns over structural integrity.

“Offensive interior operations began, but due to the volume and location of the fire, crews were pulled out and defensive operations were initiated. There was a structural collapse shortly thereafter.” Singleton said.

Despite nearly everything being ruined in the fire, two doors stood tall from the Red Door Consignment shop, something Singleton said is a kind of rarity.

“That was kind of unusual. That was just one of those unusual things that happens. It’s just kind of left standing there by itself.” Singleton said of the two doors that withstood the fire.
No injuries were reported in the case.

This story will be updated as more information is released.

By Michael Cuneo

Michael Cuneo is a news and sports reporter for the Fayette County News. Michael graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Journalism in 2020. In his off time, Michael enjoys torturing himself as an Atlanta Falcons fan. Follow Michael on twitter @michaelcune