State and local investigators are probing a Thursday morning fire that heavily damaged a Paris storage business.

Firefighters were dispatched shortly before 9:10 a.m. to TRW Storage, 3960 Hwy. 79 northeast of Paris, based on police radio scanner traffic.

At least three different fire departments battled the flames at the building owned by local businessman Tony Wade.

Firefighters from the Paris Fire Department worked to contain the flames at the front of the business and the Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department shuttled back and forth between the fire scene and the nearest fire hydrant, about a mile away at the city limits.

Six different tanker trucks from the three fire departments were supplying water to fire hoses.

Crews from the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the rear of the structure to fight the fire and protect nearby businesses and homes.

Officers from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department and an ambulance crew from Henry County Emergency Medical Services also responded to the scene. Henry County Sheriff Josh Frey and two sheriff’s investigators arrived shortly after.

At 10 a.m., firefighters said six-eight double storage units still were engulfed in flames. Thirty minutes later, officers called for a fire investigator from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. At 11 a.m., Paris firefighters reported the fire was “100 percent contained,” although some hot spots continued to burn. The building rekindled and was extinguished about 4:30 p.m.

An investigation into the fire is being conducted by the TBI and Sheriff’s Department. 

PFD Fire Marshal Greg Andrews said since the fire happened outside of the Paris city limits, the department will not be investigating further into the incident.

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