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Part of Columbia's Oldest Business* Burns

Fire has destroyed the warehouse of Columbia Tire and Recapping on Campbellsville Street in Columbia. The warehouse was located beside Napa Auto Parts, directly across the street from the main Columbia Tire building.

D.C. "Dan" Waggener, owner of the business, said he was called at 30 minutes past midnight, Wednesday morning, July 16, to alert him that the fire was in progress. The fire completely destroyed the 3,000 square foot building, along with a major portion of the company's tire inventory.

"This is Columbia's oldest business operating under the same name, in the same location, with the same owner. Remember to put those three conditions," D.C. Mr. Waggener said, "or it might not be so."

Mr. Waggener did not know the exact date of the building's construction, but says he can not remember when it wasn't there, and he is 67 years old. He bought the building from David Heskamp, who had once sold Oldsmobile cars and GMC trucks from the building next door. At the time of the sale to Waggener, the building was being used by Mr. Heskamp as a casket storage warehouse for Grissom-Maupin-Heskamp Funeral own.

The building was once part of Bobby Collins' Collins' Buick agency, which was one of the best known Buick agencies in Kentucky while located there, and continued to be so after the Collins family moved to Hopkinsville, Kentucky to run a larger agency there.

It was also part of Feese Motors for a time. Willie Matt Feese operated a Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge business there prior to selling to Charles Giles and Dr. George Webb.

Other businesses may have occupied the site, Mr. Waggener said, but he could not name them.

Fire Expert Mike Glasgow said that the reason the building would continue to burn for so long is the "sleeper" joists under the floor, made of timbers 12-16" square.

This story was posted on 2003-07-16 16:38:25
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Warehouse Destroyed by Fire

2003-07-16 - Columbia, KY - Photo Ed Waggener. Dan Waggener, owner of Columbia Tire and Recapping, stands across the street from the ruins of the company warehouse, the victim of a midnight fire. The picture was taken at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday afternoon. The fire, which occurred around midnight, is expected to smolder for a few days.
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