Local man's dreams go up in smoke


Sunday afternoon, it was Jesse Harrell’s automotive shop located a few feet behind his home on HH highway that held both his tools and the promise of reopening his old business, Harrell Auto Repair, after it closed in its Lebanon location.
By Sunday evening, it was a smoldering collection of gray metal roofing and siding that had collapsed on some vehicles, tools and baby clothes his daughter Hollie had outgrown.
It was his wife, Melissa, who noticed the flickering shadows and distant noises and asked Harrell to investigate.  He discovered the source was a fire that began in their 50 by 100 foot auto shop building located behind their residence at 18225 Highway HH approximately eight miles south of Lebanon without injuring the family or the firefighters dispatched to battle it on March 31.
At that time flames were exiting a shop door. Harrell shouted back to the house to call 911 before he and his two brothers-in-law, Marvin and Jesse Shortt, tried to extinguish the blaze with a garden hose before 10 fire departments came on scene.
“I tried to put the garden hose on it, but I couldn’t even get inside the door. It wasn’t doing anything, so I just waited for the fire department to get here,” Harrell said.

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