UPDATE | Business remains open after devastating fire

Published: Nov. 29, 2019 at 4:20 PM EST
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UPDATE 12/7/2019 @ 7:20 p.m.

A Barboursville company is picking up the pieces and committing to staying open after their business went up in flames.

It's been a week since A1 Towing Company caught fire destroying its building but the business never closed and is already planning to rebuild.

"Right now we have a temporary office we're setting up and the tow business is open for towing, lock-outs, jump-starts," manager Richard Chapman said. "We're still here to serve the community."

Chapman said they did lose a lot of their equipment and vehicles in the fire but have plenty to work with.

"We lost our big medium wrecker and a rollback and there were about five or six customer cars that have been in accidents," Chapman said.

Rebuilding from a massive fire can sometimes take years. A1 Towing is planning on doing it in just a few months.

"We've already got plans for the new building being drawn up right now and hopefully by late spring we'll have a nice new big facility," Chapman said.

They will continue to serve the community and can be reached at the same telephone number as always.

UPDATE 11/29/2019 @ 5:45 p.m.

The Barboursville Fire Chief tells us the fire presented a lot of obstacles for them to get through for not only putting out the flames of the building but also having to worry about the cars inside.

The fire happened at A1 Towing Company on Cyrus Creek Road in Barboursville. It was a one and a half story building.

WSAZ spoke with the homeowners next door who say they were processing their fall harvest from buck season when they got the call.

"My phone started blowing up (with) people letting us know the business beside our house was on fire," said Tom McComas.

McComas says when they arrived home, the A1 Towing company looked like a bonfire next door.

"I yelled 'hey that's my daughter's house, can you please cover the exposure' which they did immediately."

Fire officials say employees were inside when the fire started. Workers tried using extinguishers, but the flames took over fast. One person did suffer a minor hand injury, but officials say nothing life threatening.

"At this point, we're just thankful that nobody was hurt, things can be fixed and replaced so we're very appreciative of that," McComas tells WSAZ.

Cyrus Creek Road is closed. No word yet on when it will reopen.

Keep checking the WSAZ App and for the latest information.

UPDATE 11/29/2019 @ 4:49 p.m.

Our crew is on the scene of a fire at a towing company in Barboursville on Cyrus Creek Road.

Flames are still active at A1 Towing and Repair.

Milton, Barboursviile, Ona, and Ohio River Road fire departments are all on scene.

Keep checking the WSAZ App for the latest information.


Emergency crews are on the scene of a large fire Friday afternoon at a towing company.

Flames were reported at about 3:30 p.m. along Cryus Creek Road in Barboursville close to the Huntington Mall.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and they tell us black smoke is visible for miles on Route 60.

No word if any roads are closed at this time.

Keep clicking on for the latest information.