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Friday, 12 December 2014 00:00

Fire that destroyed body shop in Upstate NY under investigation

Fire officials are still investigating what caused an early morning fire at an auto shop in North Granville.

The fire broke out around 2 a.m. November 24 at D&K Quality Auto on Route 22 in North Granville, torching the building.

“There’s a lot of heavy damage, pretty much a total loss,” said Scott McCullen, Chief of the North Granville Hose Company. “A lot of tools, there was a Jaguar in there also, pretty much gone."

Fire crews responded to the auto body shop to find flames shooting out of the building. Even hours later, firefighters were still spraying water on the fire and cutting off pieces of the roof to get to hotspots. Firefighters say the materials inside the building made fighting the fire a challenge.

“A lot of combustibles with the garage material, we got waste oil there and a lot of combustibles,” said McCullen. “Our crews had a heck of a knockdown upon arrival, you know, at two in the morning. But we had a really good knockdown."

Six fire companies responded to the fire. Water had to be brought in by tankers because there are no hydrants on the street. Chief McCullen says the business owner does have insurance.McCullen also says that homeowners need to be careful as the weather gets colder to keep themselves and their families safe.

“Hopefully this isn’t a start,” said McCullen. “Last year, about this time, we had the same thing and we had almost 14 structure fires last year. So I'm hoping this is not the start again this year."

There were no injuries because of the fire. Firefighters say they have not determined a cause, but fire investigators were out that day looking into it.

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