Frank Jenkins remembers a time when he had only one semi to his name, and he owed money on that truck.
Saturday, he faced having to rebuild his trucking company from the ground up after fire consumed his shop.
At about 2 p.m., firemen were summoned to Frank Jenkins Trucking Company LLC, at 670 Welcome Bethel Road in rural Albertville.
Jenkins said he and some workers were in the nearby office building, having just closed up and locking the shop about 30 minutes prior, when they heard a startling noise.
"It sounded like someone struck an old piece of tin with a hammer," Jenkins said. "I didn't know what it was."
He and other workers ran outside to find smoke pouring from the shop.
By the time they reached the building, they couldn't get the doors open for the heat and smoke. The building was a 40 by 100 foot metal building, Jenkins said.
Jenkins said they turned their attention to moving what they could away from the shop building until firemen arrived.
Firefighters from Guntersville, Pleasant Grove, Nixon Chapel and Douglas arrived to help beat back the flames.
Within two hours, all that was left were portions of the outer walls and a few smoldering piles of rubble.
"I'm going to build back bigger and better than before," Jenkins pledged.
No one was injured in the blaze, according to Jenkins.
Firemen from Pleasant Grove remained on scene for hours, dousing hot spots and shuttling water from a hydrant at the Pleasant Hill No. 2 Baptist Church down the street.
No cause was released Saturday. An investigation is ongoing.