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UPDATE: Local business a total loss after overnight fire

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CATOOSA COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -

UPDATE: Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a massive fire in Catoosa County. 

It happened at Skyline Lawn and Garden on Cloud Springs Road Wednesday night. 

Crews say no one was inside the business at the time. 

The fire was so intense, it destroyed the building of the business. 

Ed Langston has relied on Skyline Lawn and Garden to fix his lawn mower for years. 

"I had a lawn mower that went down on me and I was wanting them to repair it for me," he said. 

Which is why he says he was surprised Thursday when he pulled in to see the building destroyed by fire. 

"I thought about coming down here yesterday but I decided to put it off another day and come down here this morning and I guess I made the right decision?" he added. 

Flames had consumed most of the building when firefighters arrived Wednesday night. 

Coupled with the building's size and flammable products and fuel inside, it was tough for those fighting the flames. 

Firefighters were on hand Thursday putting out hot spots making sure the fire didn't reignite. 

"Since it got dark, we figured it'd be safer just to wait until today so we could get in there so we could pull the tin back and hit hot spots and some of the areas that were smoldering that we could get to last night," Fort Oglethorpe Fire Department Lt. Chris Sutton said. 

Sutton says teams have also been keeping an eye on the environment to make sure chemicals inside the building don't hurt the surroundings outside. 

"They tested the water along with testing the water we also had representatives with EPA that we're speaking with so everyone was kept in the loop and all the levels were safe and there shouldn't be anything for the residents to worry about," he added. 

For now, customers like Langston will have to get their lawn  mowers fixed elsewhere. 

But Langston says, if Skyline rebuilds, he'll be back. 

"They always did a good job and would get it back to me pretty fast," Langston added. 

Investigators hope to know what caused the fire in the next couple of days. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Cloud Springs Road is now open on Thursday morning.

Firefighters confirm a local business is a total loss after flames destroyed over 50 percent of the structure.

The fire began late Wednesday night at Skyline Power Equipment in the 1000 block of Cloud Springs Road. The road was closed overnight, but was reopened early Thursday morning.

Skyline Power Equipment is a lawnmower shop, and emergency crews say the hundreds of gallons of fuel inside helped the fire spread faster than normal.

The owner Mike Kernea tells Channel 3 he was at home when he received a call about his business being on fire. He says the next step is to contact the insurance company and replace his customers’ lawn equipment.


PREVIOUS STORY: A fire at a Catoosa County business has Cloud Springs Road shut down Wednesday night.

A 911 dispatcher tells Channel 3, the road is closed and will be for quite some time.

Pictures from Channel 3 viewers show the fire is happening at Skyline Power Equipment in the 1000 block.

Drivers are urged to take an alternate route.

Channel 3 is working to learn more.

We have a crew on the scene.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this developing story.

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