Fire destroys ETX family business - WDAM - TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports

Fire destroys ETX family business

Posted: Updated:
  • Most ReadMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Wingfield coach fired over texts to a student

    Wingfield coach fired over texts to a student

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:07:23 GMT
    A Jackson mother claims a Wingfield high school soccer coach had inappropriate contact with her 14-year-old daughter who plays soccer. She says she became concerned after seeing some of the texts the coachMore >>
    The mom, who preferred to remain unidentified to protect her daughter, said the coach asked her daughter for her cell phone number.
    More >>
  • Walmart overcharged New Yorkers for Coca-Cola

    Walmart overcharged New Yorkers for Coca-Cola

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 12:19 AM EDT2014-09-17 04:19:13 GMT

    Wal-Mart pays $66,000 to settle charges that it charged customers too much for Coke.

    More >>

    Wal-Mart pays $66,000 to settle charges that it charged customers too much for Coke.

    More >>
  • Ocean Springs mom warning parents about app

    Ocean Springs mom warning parents about app

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:00:09 GMT
    An Ocean Springs mom is sending a warning to South Mississippi parents. Katrina Johnson wants every parent to be aware of an app that she says is being used by many students to spread hate.More >>
    An Ocean Springs mom is sending a warning to South Mississippi parents. Katrina Johnson wants every parent to be aware of an app that she says is being used by many students to spread hate. Johnson discovered the posts last week, and she says what she read would make parents cringe.More >>
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

A fire Sunday afternoon destroyed three buildings at what was once Belcher's Auto Ranch in Tyler.

The fire started at around 5 p.m. off of FM 850 in East Tyler, near Highway 31. 

 Fire officials say no one was seriously injured in the fire. One man was taken to ETMC in Tyler to be treated for a heart condition, after trying to pull items from the fire.

"It feels like I lost a piece of me. This is where we came and just relaxed," says Hayden Belcher, grandson of Leroy Belcher.

Hayden says his grandfather opened Belcher's Auto Ranch more than 35 years ago.

"I know this makes my grandfather pretty sad because this is something he built with his own hands and now it's just burnt."

Smith County Fire Marshal Jim Seaton says it brings back memories, "Back in my teen years I used to buy auto parts and things like that here."

After the auto yard closed, Hayden turned one of the three buildings on the property into a music hang out. He says the property was about to have a new name.

"We were going to make this into a venue in two years, it was going to be called ‘junkyard jams'."

Officials say no one was inside any of the buildings when the fire started. Black smoke from burning tires filled the air as Hayden, his father, and grandfather tried to save what they could.

"When I got here the first building was completely engulfed in flames. I was able to get my drums and some other articles out that were of importance and watched everything else burn," Hayden Belcher says.

All three buildings are destroyed. Still, Hayden says he is not giving up and one day ‘Junkyard Jams' will stand in place of the debris.

Chapel Hill, Jackson, Winona, and Whitehouse Fire Departments all responded to the fire. ETMC sent two units to the scene and the Smith County Sheriff's Office and Tyler Police Department assisted in blocking off FM 850 while firefighters got the flames under control.

Officials are still investigating the fire and don't know how it started.

Hayden Belcher says the fire caused more than $50,000 in damage. 

Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved.