1 dead after tire explodes at a Cape Coral Firestone

Reporter: Ashley French Writer: Elyssa Morataya
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The Cape Coral Police Department stated that one person was killed after a tire exploded inside a tire store.

The explosion happened on Sunday afternoon at a Firestone on Skyline Boulevard in Cape Coral.

Police on the scene confirmed that an employee was killed in the tire explosion; however, any additional injuries have not been reported.

WINK News reporter Ashley French spoke with one witness who said they wanted to stay anonymous.

“They probably thought they heard thunder so they probably didn’t look too much into it until they saw multiple like police cars and the ambulance coming around.” said the witness, “It had me a little bit concerned and yes, I also saw like the police tape being put up. One of my people in garden mentioned that they heard someone screaming. But like, god it’s hard to believe, especially so close to work.”

Firestone released a statement regarding the incident:

“We are saddened to report that a Firestone Complete Auto Care store employee was killed in an accident on June 23. Our deepest, most heartfelt sympathies are with the family, friends and colleagues of our teammate. We are working to determine the cause of the accident and are fully cooperating with local authorities as they conduct their investigation.”

Cape Coral’s forensics detectives are expected to stay on scene throughout Sunday evening. 

The location is closed on Monday while the investigation continues.

It is unknown when the location will reopen for service.

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