Fire destroys Becker's Tire in Grand Gorge
9/27/13 - 1:18 pm
Above: An Arkville Fire Department truck at the scene of a fire at Becker's Tire Service on Route 30 in Grand Gorge. Photo by Lissa Harris.
A massive fire that broke out just past midnight on Thursday night gutted Becker's Tire Service, a longstanding local business on Route 30 in Grand Gorge.
Firefighters were dispatched to the blaze at 12:19am, said Delaware County Emergency Services director Rich Bell, who was on the scene Friday along with county and state investigators. No one was in the building at the time the fire broke out.
Between 15 and 20 local fire departments responded to the fire, Bell said.
"They battled it for hours before getting it under control," said Bell.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, Bell said.
The building was a total loss, said owners Richard and Machelle Haight, longtime employees who purchased the business from its former owners in 2008.
Richard said the business had just gotten a large delivery of new stock, which was destroyed in the fire.
"We just got a delivery of 2,000 snow tires for the winter," he said.
Becker's has been in operation since 1959, and is a prominent local business. The Haights say they will rebuild as soon as they can.
Richard said he was grateful to the firefighters that responded.
"They did an unbelievable job," he said. "I was just so thankful that no one was hurt."
Update, 4pm: Local filmmaker Jessica Vecchione was on the scene Friday morning and took some footage, including interviews with firefighters. Video embedded below.
Below: A Flickr slideshow of photos from the scene. Photos by Lissa Harris and Thomas Filupeit, Jr.
Correction: Firefighters were dispatched at 12:19am, not 12:19pm, as stated in an earlier draft. Apologies for the error.
|Andes Hotel looking for servers.|
|Great three course Thanksgiving Dinner at the Andes Hotel!|
|Live music by Crane & McCoy next Friday at the Andes Hotel!|
|BUY ONE NIGHT GET ONE NIGHT FREE AT THE ANDES HOTEL|
|Black Friday Shines Bright at the Emerson with Festive Family Fun|
|Get Prepped for Thanksgiving at Tay Tea!|
|What's Better Than Sex?|
|Tay Bar's Bountiful Fall Menu!|
|A collaboration with local college students comes to life!|
|Support our Veterans- November 11th|
|Brewery Open Mic & Karaoke- EVERY Thursday|
|FREE Schoharie Beverage Trail tasting! Saturday, November 21, 1-4pm|
|Free tasting TODAY! 4-7pm|
|Free tasting Friday, November 13, 4-7pm|
|Volunteers Wanted For 2016 Festival in Fleischmanns|
|GRBA Holiday Party, Tuesday, December 8 at Public Lounge & Restaurant|
|Annual Community Food Pantry Promotion|
|DEEP WATER SCREENS AT OLIVE LIBRARY, SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21ST AT 10:30AM|
|RAILS TO THE CATSKILL SCREENS AT D&H CANAL HOUSE SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7TH|
|Wildlife Portraits: Hand-Colored Photographs by Naturalist Walt Meade - Slide Show & Gallery Talk|
|DCHA to Present Awards of Merit; Presentation to Focus on “Unknown Museums of Upstate NY”|
|Log Cabin at Indian Trading Post For Rent|
|Happy Veterans Day|
|Administrative Coordinator Position Open|
|Artists' Supplies at X-it|
|5 Solar Myths Busted|
|Save $1000 per year on household bills|
|Phil the Void - Oct 31st|
|MUSIC MUSIC MELEE: WIOX ADMITS NO WRONG-DOING|
|Fresh Pork, Order Your Turkey, & Chef Rob on WAMC's "Food Friday"|
|Reserve your spot for "Eat Like A Pig" Supper Club, Fresh Lamb, Goat & Pork in the Cooler|
|This weekend! A chance to stay at Spillian!|
|Tonight! An Asian Feast Inspired by Spillian's Lotus Room|
|Spillian on a Plate on Hiatus, Returning in January!|
|Glimmerglass Film Days, November 5-9, Offers Compelling Mix of Receptions, Filmmaker Talks, and Award-Winning Films|
|“Personal Perspectives” at The Smithy in Cooperstown|
|Still Time For Senior Portraits!|
|Catskill Mountain Photography Services|
|Bear Hill Farm: Restored 1850 Farmhouse On Winding Country Lane. The perfect vacation rental in scenic Delhi, NY|
|Maverick Family Counseling Seeks Therapist|