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Cumming Car Dealership Destroyed by Fire Sunday

U.S. Auto Sales on Highway 9 in Cumming was destroyed by a raging fire and at least 14 vehicles along with it.

A raging fire destroyed U.S. Auto Sales on Atlanta Road (Highway 9) in Cumming Sunday afternoon, producing a cloud of black smoke that could be seen across Georgia 400 between exits 14 and 15.

No one was injured in the fire, according to Battalion Chief Jimmy Hildebrand of the . It is unknown when the fire was first reported, but Cumming Patch was on the scene shortly after 1 p.m. At that time flames were consuming the structure and when firefighters had the blaze under control, at least 14 vehicles were destroyed.

Hildebrand told Cumming Patch the owner of the used car dealership has been notified, but the cause of the fire is unknown and currently under investigation.

Firefighters from Gwinnett, Alpharetta and Cherokee were on the scene working the blaze. Members of Forsyth County Fire were attending the funeral of Mark Aycock, 42, a veteran of the FCFD who died last week after losing his battle with cancer.

According to Capt. Jason Shivers of the FCFD, the county is being covered by neighboring fire departments as a courtesy protocol when one department attends the funeral of a fallen firefighter as in the case of Forsyth County Fire on Sunday.

"All of our stations are being covered by neighboring departments," said Shivers. "Before we pulled any of our units out of service we had other departments in place."

brandy trevino February 12, 2012 at 10:59 PM
I knew something pretty bad had to have happened this morning when i saw all that smoke. Just as i was getting to work i could see big flames coming from the building. I was too far away to see what it was exactly so i was surprised when i read this that it was the car dealership. It will be a strange site to see next time i go that way. Prayers going up for all the firefighters and the owners of the dealership.
Liz Kennedy (Editor) February 12, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Thanks to Travis and the FOX 5 team for featuring my video during the 6 p.m. show on the fire that destroyed U.S. Auto Sales in Cumming on Sunday.
Ursofakingfunny Grant February 13, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Everybody give Liz kennedy a pat on the back...She has already given herself one ;-P
Hal Bugg February 13, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Thank God no one was injured. Sorry for your lose Larry, Marvin,and everyone with USAutoSales. Hal Bugg
Marc February 13, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Bought my truck there. Great bunch of people. That was a great old building with the inside covered with rare Georgia heart pine. Lots of character. And why should Liz not blow the horn of her publication. Is that not her job?
David Maradiaga February 13, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I wonder if they're gonna sell the smoked cars for cheap?
Nicole Walgreen May 04, 2012 at 05:18 PM
no kidding!!! Does she want a cookie?

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