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Exact cause of fire eludes authorities
Accidental blaze destroyed car lot
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A fire at a used car lot in February has been ruled accidental by investigators. - photo by File photo

A fire that destroyed a Cumming automobile business in February has been deemed an accident, according to authorities.

Forsyth County Capt. Jason Shivers said Friday that the investigators could not determine what caused the blaze at U.S. Auto Sales on 306 Atlanta Road.

“They felt comfortable that it was an accidental fire, but the exact cause and origin could not be determined,” Shivers said.

“It does happen occasionally and in this case the structure was so far destroyed and any evidence of what might have been the cause of the fire was gone with the burning of the building.”

Shivers said after the interview process and investigation, officials concluded that there was nothing suspicious about the Feb. 12 blaze.

The fire, which occurred on a windy Sunday afternoon, damaged or destroyed 23 vehicles. Officials have previously said the weather was a factor.

According to property tax records, the business was owned by Thomas Troncalli of Stone Mountain.

The vehicles were removed and what was left of the building has since been razed.

The first phases of the fire were fought almost exclusively by firefighters from neighboring counties, who came to assist while many local units attended a funeral for Mark Aycock, a former colleague who died of cancer.

An arctic cold front that swept through that day packed winds of up to 25 mph, which authorities have said helped fan the flames.