Fire at Buckhead Strip Mall Destroys Local Business

Buckhead fireA fire that began Wednesday night in Buckhead still has investigators scratching their heads, though some are pointing to an electric sign outside the business.
Firefighters are continuing to investigate what started a fire in a small strip mall along Peachtree Rd. that broke out just after 8 p.m. in a bike shop called Peachtree Bikes. The fire happened at the plaza near the corner of Peachtree Rd. and Delmont Dr. The store is in close proximity to the popular Fellini’s Pizza location and Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant in the area.
Firefighters contained the actual fire to the bike shop, but other businesses in the small strip mall were damaged by smoke, Atlanta Fire Department Battalion Chief Richard Heard said. The department added that no deaths or injuries were reported.
“Upon arrival, we encountered heavy flames, and it was definitely a fire that we had to make a rapid attack on,” Heard said.
As firefighters poured water on the flames, several small explosions were heard, likely due to the bicycle tires in the shop, Heard said. Power lines in the area were also burned, causing a temporary outage in the area.
“It’s smoke damage, so I don’t know how much can be recovered,” Sallie Patterson, who owns nearby Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming, told WSB.
Peachtree Road was temporarily blocked in both directions near the 2800 block. According to the Twitter account for the AJC, the business appears to be “a total loss.”
See a video submitted to WSB of the fire below.
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(Photo via Twitter user @KaraBryant)

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