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Monday, July 1, 2013

All Bikes All Gone; Fire Burns Through Rye Salvage Lot | Payson Roundup


Crews spent most of Saturday night battling a massive fire at a bike/automotive salvage yard in Rye that destroyed at least several homes and threatened the surrounding forest.
The fire appears to have started right before sunset towards the back of All Bikes, according to several residents who watched the massive blaze from the parking lot of the former Rye restaurant. Most had nothing more than the clothes on their backs, having little time to grab anything when the sheriff’s office excavated the 20-30 residents that live near the lot.
Ron Adler, the owner of All Bikes, said he had no idea how the fire started, but once he spotted the flames, he grabbed a hose and tried to save his home and prized bicycle and motorcycle collection.
Adler said he had amassed roughly 9,000 motorcycles, at least twice that many bicycles and dozens of classic cars in the two-acre lot over a 25-year period.

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