Volunteer firefighters with the Dover Fire Department were called to a fire inside a local automobile repair shop. The fire department began receiving calls at 3:02 p.m. on April 19, 2014, said spokesman Mike O’Connor. Crews arrived at the East Coast Auto Body shop at 216 South Street to find flames coming from the roof of the two-story building. Three engines and two ladder trucks arrived on the scene while the crew of one fire engine stretched hoses inside the building to keep the fire contained to a paint room and the roof area above, O’Connor said. One of the ladder truck’s crew worked to suppress the fire on the roof, while others checked to ensure the fire had not spread to surrounding rooms or spaces between walls. Another crew soaked down the paint room to ensure the fire did not flare up again, he said.
Three vehicles were damaged in the blaze, but personnel on the scene were able to get a tow truck and two other vehicles out of the building before fire crews arrived, O’Connor said. A crew from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control took over to secure chemicals in the shop, O’Connor said.