Summer Avenue reopens after business fire

Published: Oct. 20, 2015 at 9:56 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2015 at 9:10 AM CDT
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(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - There is little left of The Transmission Clinic on Summer Avenue after firefighters battled a blaze for more than an hour. The fire could be seen for miles.

Chopper 5 captured just how far the smoke traveled from the fire at TC Transmission Shop while the entire business was engulfed in flames Tuesday evening.

"We heard an explosion and then big flames coming up out of the building and everything. The smoke started clouding up three or four different kinds of colored smoke," said Aubry Ford, who works nearby.

Ford works at The Bounty Restaurant on Broad and could see the fire from the second floor.

"There was an explosion in the middle of the roof at one point and an explosion in one of the light poles, like a transformer exploding," said Ford.

Transformers exploded to the left and to the right, then the lights went out.

Firefighters on ladders poured water on the flames and, at times, the smoke was so thick the firefighters were hard to see.

"I think they're awesome. They're the real heroes behind it all," said spectator Raven Wilburn.

The call came in around 5:30 pm. and it took nearly two hours to fight the blaze. The vehicles inside caused many of the problems.

"You have airbags on those vehicles, fuel tanks and also the tires. Inflated tires will also explode, said Wayne Cooke, MFD.

The transmission shop is surrounded by other auto repair shops. One man works across from the shop and said no one was inside when the fire started.

A cause of the fire has still not been released, but MFD did say the building did not have a working sprinkler system. No one was injured. Due to the extensive damage, the business is likely a total loss.

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