A weekend tire fire in Red Deer appears “suspicious,” says an investigator.
On Sunday night, around 7 p.m., fire crews were called to the NAPA Autopro shop by 40 Ave. and Ross Street.
A shed on the property and a fence were damaged by the fire. A bulk of the damage was done to a pile of tires next to the shed that were going to be disposed off, said fire investigator Zhihao Zhong.
“I arrived on scene at about (7:34 p.m.) and the suppression activities were still ongoing. The fire was out, but they were doing overhaul work to make sure the fire didn’t come back again,” he said Monday morning.
An exact dollar amount on the damage wasn’t available Monday, but Zhong said it wasn’t too severe.
“There’s a little fire damage to the auto repair shop. The fire was mostly confined to the shed and the tires stored around the shed,” Zhong said, adding the burning tires created a heavy black smoke.
“The fire at this point I would say is suspicious, but I can’t call it arson right now.”