Fire destroys LaFollette auto shop

A LaFollette auto shop was deemed a total loss Monday afternoon after a fire.

Firefighters still don't know what caused the fire to spark around 4:15 in the afternoon.

The shop contained parts used to restore antique cars. The owner said he also lost his vinyl record collection and a camping trailer in the blaze.

No injuries were reported.

The shop belonged to John Webb. He has owned the building for decades.

He said more than 80,000 vinyl records were lost in the fire.

"I don't want to think about what I lost. I lost a lot," said Webb.

Webb's son Cody also lost his welding equipment. They were items that could pave his future.

"What I want to do when I get out of school is be a welder. So I had welding gloves and welding helmets and a welder and stuff," said Cody Webb.

But there is something that bothers him more.

"It hurts me to see how much it hurts my dad. This stuff here doesn't have nothing to do with me, but it hurts me to see him hurt," said Cody.

Webb's house was right behind the garage, and it was untouched. This left Webb optimistic.

"It's better than losing a life or losing a family member or something like that," said Webb.

Campbell County Rural Fire Service tended to the fire. They called in assistance from LaFollette and Caryville fire departments.

The cause of the fire is unknown.


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