Baker tire store back open after weekend fire
BAKER - Firefighters are still checking for hot spots 24 hours after a warehouse was engulfed in flames over the weekend.
The fire happened at a family-owned business called the Tire Shop in Baker. It destroyed the warehouse next to the business' commercial tire office and burned thousands of dollars worth of tires in addition to company work trucks.
Agencies from outside the city came in to help put the flames out. The owners estimate it could cost a couple million dollars to rebuild.
"I knew a fire at a tire shop was going to be bad," said Mike Kimbrell, who's part owner of the business. "But saving the offices is why we're here today. That's a big deal to save the offices so we can function."
The Baker Fire Department is investigating the incident, but have yet to determine a cause. However, they say it could have been much worse.
"To see this type of thing happen especially to one of our good businesses here in Baker," said Baker Fire Chief Mike Kimbrell. "We're hopeful that they will get back on their feet and get back here in operation pretty soon to have them as a vital part of our city."
The Department of Environmental Quality was on scene and say the burned area is under control with all combustable material consumed. United States Environmental Services will clean up the area in the wake of the fire.