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PIKE COUNTY, AL. (WSFA) – In a little over twenty years Carter Brothers Warehouse in Pike County has been destroyed three times. A tornado hit the facility in the late 1980's. A fire raged at Christmas in 2000. Tragedy struck again Monday.
The business owners aren't giving up, however.
Fire crews from Pike and surrounding counties battled the large warehouse fire early Monday morning in the Hamilton Crossroads, later determining it to be a "total loss".
This isn't the first time Carter Brothers Warehouse in Pike County has suffered the wrath of a large blaze. Company leaders chose to rebuild after a fire swept through the facility just before Christmas in 2000.
The cause of Monday morning's blaze, like that in 2000, is unknown, and once again all employees remained unharmed though the building they worked, making scooters and go-karts, was destroyed. In the late 1980s a tornado had much the same effect.
Traffic on U.S. 231 was rerouted between mile markers 59 and 69 in both directions for hours as crews stretched fire hoses across the four-lane thoroughfare to fight the fire. At times the thick, black smoke billowed from the building, twisting into the wind into what looked like a large tornado.
Mayor Jimmy Ramage of Brundidge, who was en route to the scene, said a fire department official had told him the damage was "devastating."
Fire investigators say they won't be able to get a good idea as to what sparked the blaze until at least Tuesday.
Company officials say more than 3,000 brand new scooters, already wrapped in plastic and boxed for shipment, went up in flames with the building. Employees are being assured they will have a place to come back to.
Just like in previous times the company says it will rebuild. They just don't have a time frame.