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Owners deal with Waterloo store fire amid baby's battle with paralysis

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The damaged Waterloo Automotive shop. (Nov. 12, 2013/FOX Carolina) The damaged Waterloo Automotive shop. (Nov. 12, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Baby Wyatt and his mom overlook the fire damage. (Nov. 12, 2013/FOX Carolina) Baby Wyatt and his mom overlook the fire damage. (Nov. 12, 2013/FOX Carolina)
WATERLOO, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A fire swept through part of an automotive store in a Laurens County town Tuesday morning, but the family who owns the business said this is just another test in a very trying year.

The fire was reported at Waterloo Automotive on Highway 221 South.

When FOX Carolina crews arrived at the scene the fire was out but not much was left of part of the building.

Walter Banks owns the business with his son. His grandson, Wyatt Banks, was featured on FOX Carolina last week for being one of the youngest children ever to operate his own wheelchair.

Wyatt has a rare neurological disease called Transverse Myelitis (TM). He was diagnosed six months ago, after his parents said he lost his ability to move.

"Really, sometimes I feel like we're on a reality show, like, you can't make this stuff up. I mean, it just keeps coming," said Abby Banks, Wyatt's mother.

Tuesday's fire was unexpected, but they said they are thinking positive.

"God's really blessed us and we just kind of take the mindset of giving thanks in all circumstances, and we're trying to find the positive in everything," said Abby.

Walter Banks said they are thankful the entire store was not lost in the fire. He said the area that contained the most expensive equipment was OK.

"Things could always be worse," said Walter. "We don't like what's happened to Wyatt, we don't like our tire store burning down, but again, our store is gone but people are ok. Everybody's OK."

Fire officials believe the blaze was started because of an electrical problem and they do not suspect foul play.

To learn more about Baby Wyatt's disease and how you can help visit his Facebook page.

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