Tifton business burns to the ground - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Tifton business burns to the ground

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Police warn 'purgers'

    Police warn 'purgers'

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:29 AM EDT2014-08-29 15:29:55 GMT

    Police say they now know who has been making 'Purge' posters, and will be confronting them soon.

    More >>

    Police say they now know who has been making 'Purge' posters, and will be confronting them soon.

    More >>
  • Wanted woman found under a bed

    Wanted woman found under a bed

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:56:32 GMT
    APD reports that officers got a tip that a wanted person was “hiding out” at 708 North Jackson Street. Offices went to that location and confirmed the suspect was there. They said they found Wanda Harris hiding under a bed and arrested her, then notified DCP.More >>
    APD reports that officers got a tip that a wanted person was “hiding out” at 708 North Jackson Street. Offices went to that location and confirmed the suspect was there. They said they found Wanda Harris hiding under a bed and arrested her, then notified DCP.More >>
  • Take care on the water this weekend

    Take care on the water this weekend

    Friday, August 29 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-08-29 12:52:39 GMT
    The Department of Natural Resources law enforcement division says its rangers will be busy making sure boaters follow the rules and stay sober and safe while operating boats over the long weekend.More >>
    The Department of Natural Resources law enforcement division says its rangers will be busy making sure boaters follow the rules and stay sober and safe while operating boats over the long weekend.More >>

July 10, 2003

Tifton - A South Georgia business burns to the ground and is regrouping tonight. HBT Supply Store in Tifton caught on fire late Wednesday night, and investigators are still trying to figure out how.

Chris Hammond is Co-Owner of the store and he says "30 years of business gone up in smoke in just a few hours, that's hard to take."

A passerby saw smoke coming from the building and dialed 911, but fire fighters were too late.

Wendell Hall was the shift captain on duty when the fire began. He says crews worked for hours to save the building, but nothing could be salvaged.

Hall says,"My interior team reported that debris began to fall so I evacuated the building. Approximately 10 minutes later, the entire roof system collapsed."

And although 30 years of business may have gone down in just a few hours, he hopes 30 more years will soon begin.

Investigators still don't know how the blaze began. The owners say customers can still contact them at the old store number if they need supplies.

posted at 5:26 PM by karen.collier@walb.com