Fire destroys shop building, classic cars
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Sept. 16, 2005 -- A Hillcrest Drive resident’s shop building containing at least two classic cars was destroyed Thursday afternoon by a fire.

At least two people were in the home next to the outbuilding, but no one was inside the shed and the house was not damaged.

A construction crew working on the road first noticed smoke coming from the building at about 4:15 p.m. Thursday and alerted the residents. The occupants advised no one was in the then-flaming building and authorities were contacted.

When Sulphur Springs firefighters arrived at 1324 Hillcrest Drive, they requested backup from Hopkins County firemen, due to the extent of the blaze and its proximity to other structures.

�It was fully involved when we arrived,� said Sulphur Springs Fire Chief Gerry Cleaver. �Fire was coming from all four sides and there was a huge smoke column.�

Firefighters were able to control the blaze quickly and focused more closely on containing the fire to the tin-roofed wooden shed in order to protect Michael Tapp’s residence and another storage building beside the shed. Sulphur Springs firefighters remained at the scene until about 5:20 p.m.

The building, valued at an estimated $25,0000, was considered a total loss. Sulphur Springs Assistant Fire Marshall Eric Hill was still investigating the cause of the blaze Friday.

The value of the vehicles and the other contents of the shop building has yet to be determined.

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