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Blaze destroys tire-filled shed, closes highway
Firefighters check for hot spots in a blaze Monday that destroyed a shed full of tires. No one was injured in the fire. - photo by Jim Dean

No one was injured in a blaze Monday night on Atlanta Highway that shut down part of a busy corridor for more than an hour.

A shed behind a residence at 808 Atlanta Highway, next to the Troncalli dealership, was destroyed in the fire.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said firefighters returned to the site Tuesday morning to ensure areas that had been left smoldering did not reignite.

Shivers said it appears the fire was caused by burning debris in a 55-gallon drum near the shed.

The flames spread to the structure, which contained various items including several tires.

"That’s the danger of storage building fires," Shivers said. "They’re very dangerous because you never know what’s in them."

Authorities rerouted traffic from about 7:45 to 9 p.m. while firefighters put out the blaze.

They also extinguished spot fires on the wooded property between the shed and the dealership.

"Conditions are very dry right now because we’ve not had significant rain in quite some time," Shivers said.

"Fires are going to naturally cause for hot embers to rise with the heat and then settle back down in the environment around them, so spot fires are to be expected from an uncontrolled fire that was burning like that."