According to a report at the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department’s Central Fire Station, the first call to 1501 W. Corpus Christi St. went out at 5:46 a.m.
Firefighters from seven departments responded to the call, including personnel from departments in Pettus, Skidmore, Normanna, Tynan, Papalote and Pawnee.
Assistant Fire Chief Bill Burris of the BVFD said firefighters in Pawnee were asked to remain on standby in the event another fire call was received from somewhere in the county.
Three large fire trucks and a compressed air foam truck from the BVFD were at the scene as firemen struggled to drown out the flames.
“A large pile of tires behind the shop was in full blaze on my arrival,” Beeville Fire Chief Donnie Morris reported later.
More than 13 local firefighters used foam and water to cool the fire and extinguish the flames.
Officials at the scene were not sure what started the fire, but they pointed out that the tires were well within reach of anyone walking down a side street at that location.
Burris said black smoke could easily be seen across the city even in the night sky.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.