FIRST ON WITN: Fulcher & Colortyme Fires Both Arson

Police now say two tire store fires were intentionally set Tuesday morning.

Greenville fire investigators say they have turned over their results of the Fulcher Tire fire to the police department and can't say anything more because of the criminal investigation.

Police spokesman Cpl. Kip Gaskins says the fire at Fulcher's and another one at Colortyme Custom Wheels & Tires are both arson. He says investigators found multiple points of origin for both fires.

Gaskins says right now there is no evidence that the two fires are connected.

The first fire was reported at Fulcher's on Memorial Drive and Dickinson Avenue around 2:20 a.m. The business, that closed last week, was destroyed by the fire.

The second fire was discovered around 9:00 a.m. at Colortyme on South Memorial Drive. The two stores are about two miles from each other.


Investigators continue to look at two Greenville tire stores that were damaged by fire Tuesday morning. Now police have classified one of those fires as arson.

The first fire was reported at Fulcher Tire on Memorial Drive and Dickinson Avenue around 2:20 a.m. The business, that closed last week, was destroyed by the fire.

The second fire was discovered around 9:00 a.m.Tuesday morning at Colortyme Custom Wheels & Tires on South Memorial Drive. The two stores are about two miles from each other.

Employees at Colortyme say someone broke in through the back garage door windows. They found tires, wheels, equipment and a custom car had been burned. Colortyme was able to open for business.

Police say they have classified the Colortyme fire as an arson and breaking and entering. Authorities say while the fire was reported at 9am, it could have happened the night before and just no one noticed the fire.

Fire investigators tell WITN News that as part of their preliminary investigation that both fires are being looked at together.

Construction crews tore down part of Fulcher Tire as investigators began the process of trying to find out how that fire began.

Even though the business closed last week, the store still had much of its inventory inside. The building is a total loss.

While crews tore off the front right corner of the building, a team of fire investigators were inside Tuesday afternoon. We're told those investigators will continue their work Wednesday morning.

The Environmental Protection Agency has also been called in. That's because water used in battling the fire may have come in contact with some materials that were housed in the store.

No one was injured in that fire.


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Fire investigators have arrived on the scene to begin their probe into what started a fire at a tire store and service center in Greenville Tuesday.

No one was injured.

Fulcher Tire Sales and Services, Inc. at the corner of Memorial Dr. and Dickinson Ave. caught fire around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, officials tell WITN.

Officials say the fire is contained, however there are a number of flammables inside the store. Crews will be monitoring the situation because of the threat of combustion.

Police say crews from all of Greenville's fire departments responded to what was described as a "major structure fire." Police remain on the scene to direct traffic around the intersection.

At one time, crews shut down Memorial Dr. from between Arlington Blvd. and Dickinson Ave. That detour has ended. Ione St., however, is closed next to Fulcher Tire.

Officials tell WITN there are no health threats posed by the fire. WITN's Natalie Kaplan reports there is no foul-smelling smoke in the air. She reports the air quality continues to improve as the morning progresses.

People on the scene, including a person who one who identified himself as a property owner in the area and another who said he was a former Fulcher employee, said the business closed last week.

There are also two Fulcher Tire Service and Sales in New Bern, one on Pollock St., the other on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Stay tuned to WITN and witn.com for updates on this breaking news story.


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  • by Allen Location: Greenville on Aug 6, 2009 at 07:27 AM
    As seen by the previous post, Greenville Police are not the smartest in the world. I mean, come on, you can't even spell comment and the correct spelling is directly below where you are leaving it.
  • by ? on Aug 5, 2009 at 06:48 PM
    To Do Something, what do you do? I can taqke some of the jokes IE the doughnut stuff, but when some body that knows nothing about the call volume I have an problem with your commit. I leave my family, yes my choice, but to but my life on the line to read commits like yours, yes It puts a bad taste in my month.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Aug 5, 2009 at 04:56 PM
    I believe Pugh's bought the old Sutton's tire property on 14th st. and Dickinson and is moving there.
  • by curiuos... Location: greenville on Aug 5, 2009 at 03:50 PM
    I believe that last week Pughs bought out Fulcher tire and was planning on moving one of their locations to that spot...interesting.
  • by debra Location: winterville on Aug 5, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    once again where were our fine police officers while this was taking place doughnut city?
  • by Sara on Aug 5, 2009 at 12:48 PM
    It is so sad that someone is trying to burn out these businesses in Greenville. There have been a number of arsons lately and the culprit needs to be caught. Wasn't Fulcher Tire just sold to Pugh recently?
  • by confused Location: washington on Aug 5, 2009 at 11:18 AM
    To "a viewer" where are you reading a car was removed first? I understood it to be that a car was also burned at Colortyme.
  • by to Do something on Aug 5, 2009 at 10:08 AM
    Did they never go to the crime scene?
  • by Do Something About It Location: Greenville on Aug 5, 2009 at 09:37 AM
    I never said that they "create evidence" but if they would leave their office's or get out of the police cars then maybe they can find evidence. It doesn't just jump out of the building or off of the surveilance cameras into they laps. Plus, the PD should do different because it is their JOB!!!
  • by a viewer on Aug 5, 2009 at 06:55 AM
    glad no one was hurt, but this seems fishy to me...closed and now burned...with the car being removed first??
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