The Newbern Fire Department responded to a call at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 29, alerting emergency responders to a fire at a tire shop located at 102 E. Main St. The building, owned by Joe Walker, housed a business owned by Leonard Anderson. The shop sold and mounted tires and offered mechanical repair. Tires burning at the scene created a thick, black smoke that Newbern Fire Chief Phillip Cottrell said was a bigger concern than the fire.
"The fire wasn't too bad," said Cottrell. "The smoke was the problem. There was a lot of heavy, black smoke. The fire was out in 45 minutes, but we stayed there until 6 p.m. making sure hazardous chemicals (were not a danger)."
Cottrell said Newbern firemen also checked water leaving the scene to ensure no chemicals contaminated the city's drainage system.
"We doubled-checked the water," said Cottrell. "There were no problems. It was a pretty simple fire to get in and control. There was damage to the roof, but not much damage on the inside of the building. We were the most concerned about the water and the chemicals in the building."
Capt. Rusty Hilliard of the Dyersburg Fire Department said the fire was contained to the home and there were no injuries at the scene.
Firemen cleared the scene at 1:30 a.m.
"It wasn't a major fire," said Hilliard. "It was contained pretty good. Nobody was displaced. There were no injuries."