Smoke pours from Loyd's Garage as firefighters battle the blaze (Lee Talbert/Press Photo Editor)
Firefighters were on the scene of a large business fire in Limestone north of Washington College Academy on Monday.
The fire at Loyd's Garage, 2235 Old State Route 34, was reported just after 3:30 p.m.
At the scene, Tim Jaynes, Limestone Volunteer Fire Department firefighter and commander on the scene, said heavy smoke and fire were visible and had made its way into the attic area of the business. The blaze caused the roof to peel back and created extensive damage throughout the entire structure, he said.
"It pretty well was a total loss," Jaynes said.
Employees were working at the time of the fire, Jaynes said, but no injuries were reported.
Jaynes said it's possible that a fire was started inside the business and went out of control, but how the fire was inititally started is unknown at this time.
"We have an idea, but we're going to do some further investigation," Jaynes said.
It took firefighters about a hour and a half to get the blaze under control and then another approximately two to three hours to extinguish it.
Limestone Volunteer Fire Department, along with Jonesborough Fire Department, Nolichuckey and Sulphur Springs Volunteer Fire departments and Limestone Fire Corps and Johnson City's Rehab vehicle and crew assisted with the fire.
Kayla Carter contributed to this report.
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