The fire first reported at 4:13 a.m. destroyed Scotty Little & Associates Auction Company just off U.S. 72 behind Russell’s Beef House Restaurant.
Five units and 16 firefighters from the Corinth Fire Department responded to the blaze. When firemen arrived, “the north section was totally engulfed in flames,” said CFD Training Officer Jerry Whirley.
“By the time firemen had a hole cut on the east side of the building,” said Whirley, “the roof began falling in.”
Two fire units were on the scene until noon Monday, then one unit had to return to the scene Monday afternoon, he said.
The fire began in the northwest section of the metal building, but no cause has been determined, added Whirley.
“It is a total loss,” said the training officer, as the fire was first reported to 911 by a passing motorist on U.S. 72.
Included in the loss were forklifts and a pickup truck, he said.
Auction company owner Scotty Little was at a loss of words.
“There are no words to describe something like this,” said Little. “All you can do is start all over again.”
Little won’t let the fire put a damper on his spirit.
“It is going to take a whole lot of work and time to get back to where I was,” added the auction company owner. “But I plan to.”