Fire Destroys Business

A fire destroyed the D & L Car Service Center in Martin County.

Inez Fire investigators do not know how it started, but say it spread out of control fast.

Firefighters say there was nothing they could do to stop the fire and save the building or anything inside.

The owners returned to the scene and vowed to rebuild and open again.

Ashes and rubble are all that is left of the D & L Service Center in Inez.

Owners David and Linda Porter say they put all of their time and money into their business and lost it all in minutes.

“I hate it, I really do. Last night I was pretty bad,” Linda Porter said.

Porter says at ten o'clock Wednesday night, an alarm in their home alerted them something was wrong at the car center, minutes later when they got there,

“It was already fully engulfed, up in smoke, already gone,” Inez Fire Chief Lee Gauze said.

Firefighters say the oil, tires, and tanks inside fueled the flames.

It made it very difficult to control the fire and put it out. There wasn't much we could do to salvage it. Main thing was to keep everybody as safe as we could,” Chief Cauze said.

No one was hurt.

Investigators believe the fire started in the garage area, but do not know how.

Now the Porters are looking for answers in the rubble, and picking up the pieces.

“You got to move on, stuff happens for a reason, but I'm not sure why,” Porter said.

They vow to rebuild.

“Everybody's been so good to me, so I want to put back and give back to them,” Porter said.

They plan to put all their time and money into a new car center.

The Porters say no one's car was inside the garage and the cars parked outside are okay.

The Porters want to have another building ready and open for business again in three months.


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