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Electrical failure caused blaze at Express Tire

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The cause of a fire that caused $3 million worth of damage at an Express Tire Auto Service Center in San Diego on Sept. 10 has been determined.

According to the Union-Tribune, an electrical failure caused by damaged wiring sparked the blaze, which was reported on www.moderntiredealer.com on Sept. 13 ("Fire at Goodyear tire store in San Diego is under investigation"). Close to 5,700 tires were stored on the premises.

The investigation was led by the National Response Team (NRT) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and aided by special agents from the San Diego field office.

Express Tire, a southern Calif.-based company with 25 outlets, sells Goodyear, Cooper and Toyo tires.

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