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4-alarm fire damages Shelbyville business

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SHELBYVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Smoke and flames could be seen for miles after as a four-alarm fire ripped through a storage unit at a business in Bedford County on Friday morning.

Dozens of firefighters raced to the scene to save the supply business - Smith Equipment - located on Highway 231 North.

While the main building was spared, thousands of dollars of equipment was destroyed in the storage unit and so was one family's dream.

"Everything is gone," said renter Rebecca Curran.

Go-kart racing isn't just Mike Curran's business, his wife, Rebecca, says it was his life. Now, what took years to build has been destroyed in a matter of seconds by fire.

"It's completely melted. All that's left is the frame of it. His car is sitting in there burned to the ground," Rebecca Curran said.

Mike Curran teamed up with Matt Skaggs and Seka Racing a few years ago, and they rented a small garage behind Smith Equipment, where they stored, repaired and restored go-karts.

"Each cart sitting in there was probably $2,000 at least, if not more. And there were probably about six or seven carts in there, and then, of course, you have all your tools," Rebecca Curran said. "I mean, everything they had - as far as go-kart racing - was sitting inside that building."

"It's a 10. It's about as bad as it gets," said Bedford County Fire Chief Mark Thomas. "We had to do a lot of exterior attack, and as the metal collapsed, we pulled that back and fought it that."

There were about six or seven units inside the building, and the fire moved quickly from one side to the other about 7:30 a.m.

Most of the units were filled with everything from furniture to tools to lawn equipment, and it took 30 firefighters nearly two hours to put out the blaze.

"Makes it difficult to get in the building and fight the fire," Thomas said.

"It's hard. It takes everything I had not to just cry right now, because I mean they just lost everything," Rebecca Curran said.

There is still no word on what sparked the fire, but workers say it may have started from someone grinding metal.

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