Questions remain after scrap yard fire

Questions remain after scrap yard fire

WORTH CO., GA (WALB) - A fire that broke out at a scrap metal business on Monday destroyed more than two dozen vehicles, authorities said.

Parts of Automotive Core Supply and Scrap smelled like a bonfire Tuesday after flames ripped through 25 of them.

The fire happened in the "pull-it yard" area of the business. That's where customers come in and pull parts off the vehicles to purchase at cheaper prices than buying them through other stores.

"It jumped from car to car to car really fast," said Eric Lavely, who works there.

The Worth County fire department put out the blaze, but the business may never know the cause.

"It's hard to tell if it was arson or if it was just a battery that crossed over and caught on fire," Lavely said. "We're not 100 percent positive unless we have an investigation done."

But an investigation isn't going to happen.

"They're not going to do an investigation into seeing it was in a scrap yard," he explained. "They were scrap vehicles and there was no total loss to them at all, but we sell parts off of vehicles so it was a big loss to us."

Lavely estimated that about $20,000 in parts they could have sold were lost to the fire.

He said he is frustrated and disappointed, but thankful that other cars and his equipment was spared.

"It could have been 10 times as worse," he reasoned. "So we do thank the fire department for what they did."

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