HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville Fire and Rescue responded to a business fire around 6:30a.m. Saturday. Mattress Max off Jordan Lane caught fire and was fully involved. The first units on scene reported heavy smoke and flames from all sides of the building.
"Pretty soon thereafter, they called a second alarm, which means we called in more units because of the size of the fire," said Huntsville Fire Captain Frank McKenzie.
Capt. McKenzie said at one point they had six fire engines and one ladder truck on scene. Thankfully, no one was injured. However, the fire did extensive damage to the Mattress Max building. "The building looks like it's going to be a total loss," said McKenzie. He added the building will have to be torn down. "We've brought a track hoe in because some of the roof is collapsed. A lot of that smoldering you see in the background is a lot of that tin roof," he explained.
Authorities closed Jordan Lane for nearly three hours as crews worked the scene. They were able to get most of the fire under control relatively early. But, McKenzie said they took further precautions due to a gas line break. "We had a ruptured gas line on the northeast corner, which caused us a little problem there. We just kind of suppressed it and kept it in check until utilities got here."
Huntsville Fire and Rescue along with Huntsville Police investigators will work together to determine the cause of the fire.