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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