Fire destroys Marion County Paving building in Summit

A fire has destroyed a building and several vehicles at a Marion County business. The fire Thursday night destroyed the shop building and several dump trucks inside the building at Marion County Paving, located about 2 miles east of Summit on State Highway 202.

Marion County Sheriff Clinton Evans says his department was alerted by the security company of a burglar alarm at the business at 11:43 Thursday night. A deputy arrived on scene at 11:54 and reported flames were visible inside the shop building.

The first firefighters from Summit arrived at 11:55. Firemen from several departments were on the scene for nearly four hours before the fire was extinguished.

Sheriff Evans says there were security cameras in the shop building and after reviewing the video, it appears the fire started in one of the dump trucks inside the business, which had new batteries installed Thursday. The video shows one of the batteries starting to smoke, then igniting.

No injuries were reported.

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