The state fire marshal’s office is investigating last week’s fire at Woody’s Motorsports & Outdoors.
The business, located at 133 W. Hill Street, was damaged by fire the afternoon of Tuesday, July 5.
The Thomson-McDuffie Fire Department requested assistance from state fire investigators and one was in Thomson on Monday for an initial walk through of the fire scene. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, according to Thomson-McDuffie County Fire Training Chief Sammy Purvis.
“It started in the shop area,” said Purvis. “One of our off duty firefighters was riding by and saw smoke and called it in over his radio.”
Purvis said other 911 callers also reported the fire. The fire department was dispatched at 5:12 p.m. The first firefighter arrived at 5:16 p.m. and the first engine was on scene at 5:17.
The fire was under control about 15 minutes later, according to Purvis. Firefighters encountered thick, heavy smoke and fire in the rear of the shop area once they breached a door to gain access. Purvis said firefighters entered with two attack lines and knocked the fire down.
“It took them about 10 minutes,” he said. “It was rolling pretty good but you couldn’t see it because it (smoke) was thick,” he added.
The department’s ladder truck was used to place firefighters on the roof. Purvis said they found where one skylight had vented the fire and then they opened a second one. The building sustained fire and smoke damage in the shop area of the building and smoke damage into other areas of the building, according to Purvis.
He said fire did break through some French doors into another room in the back, but firefighters stopped it quickly. There is a firewall between the motorsports business and the adjacent chiropractor’s office. However, smoke did damage a storage area used by the chiropractor’s office. It was on the same side of the fire wall as the portion of the building impacted by smoke.
The building is owned by Ricky Wade Smith, who operates Woody’s Motorsports & Outdoors.