SCRANTON, Pa. (Oct. 30, 2015) — Forget about the old saying, “Where there's smoke, there's fire.”
That wasn't really the case on Aug. 26, when Sandone Tire Car Care Centers suffered a loss after a massive fire broke out at its warehouse in Scranton.
“Actually, when it first started, we thought it would be out soon because there wasn't a lot of smoke coming out,” said Patrick Sandone Sr., president of Sandone Tire.
“But the fire department had a difficult time trying to find where the flames were and then the tires caught fire. When the tires caught fire, it was all over.”
After it was all said and done, the company lost three warehouse buildings, which contained about 40,000-45,000 tires, he told Tire Business.
Because two of the buildings were multi-storied and one of them came down when the fire started, Mr. Sandone said the cause of the fire cannot be determined. He did note that an employee told him there was smoke coming out of an elevator shaft, so it may have started there, but the company will never know for sure.
The business did have enough insurance to cover the losses, though, Mr. Sandone said.
Sandone Tire owned both the warehouse buildings and the land they stood on. While what was left of the structures was completely removed from the property, Mr. Sandone said there are not yet plans for the empty lot.