UPDATE | Road reopened; cause of tire business fire undetermined

By  | 

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

2:15 p.m.

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Firefighters have cleared the scene of an earlier fire that destroyed the El Amigo Tires store on the 1300 block of Edgefield Highway.

According to investigators, the road in front of the store has reopened. The cause of the fire is undetermined, and probably never will be determined due to the extent of the damage. There is no indication that the fire was suspicious.

Aiken Department of Public Safety, Couchton Volunteer Fire Department, Center Volunteer Fire Department, Aiken County Sheriff's Office, Aiken County Emergency Management, and DHEC were all on the scene.



11:30 a.m.

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Crews are still battling a fire that destroyed the El Amigo Tires store on the 1300 block of Edgefield Highway on Wednesday morning.

According to investigators on scene, the tin roof of the structure caved in on the heat and tires underneath and the fire caused minor damage to a home close by. Investigators are bringing in an excavator to tear down more of the structure so they can come in and remove some of the debris.


Aiken Department of Public Safety, Couchton Volunteer Fire Department, Center Volunteer Fire Department, Aiken County Sheriff's Office, Aiken County Emergency Management, and DHEC are all still on the scene.

Edgefield Highway is closed in the immediate area of the business and investigators are asking people to find an alternate route.





10:10 a.m.

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- An Edgefield Highway tire business is completely destroyed after a fire on Wednesday morning.

According to investigators, the call came in around 8:45 a.m. When they arrived on scene, the fire was fully involved and there was heavy black smoke pouring from the roof of El Amigo Tires. They soon learned there was nobody inside at the time of the fire.


As of 10 a.m., the smoke is getting lighter, however, Edgefield Highway is still closed in the area. Investigators have not yet gotten the fire put out, and anticipate they will be on scene for a while.



9:24 a.m.

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Firefighters are responding to the scene of a fully engulfed tire fire at El Amigo Tires on the 1300 block of Edgefield Highway.

According to Aiken County dispatch, the call came in just before 9 a.m. There are no reported injuries right now, and investigators are trying to figure out what caused the fire.

Traffic is being detoured in the area, so expect delays and find an alternate route if possible.

This is a developing story, we have a reporter on the way to the scene. Stay tuned to News 12 for updates.