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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

Two-Alarm Fire Extinguished at Vista, CA Body Shop

A two-alarm fire that started around 11 a.m. at a body shop on February 17 caused such a heavy cloud of smoke that one man was forced out of his apartment.

The shop was located inside a Vista taxi cab company building on the 1800 block of Santa Fe Avenue. Fire and smoke was seen coming from the east side of the building, reported Samantha Tatro and Wendy Fry, nbcsandiego.com.

No one was inside the taxi cab company building and no one was injured as a result of the fire, Vista Deputy Fire Chief Ned Vanderpol told nbcsandiego.com.

Vanderpol added that 16 engines responded to the fire and started putting up ladders and spraying down the building.

The neighbor who was evacuated from his apartment told NBC 7 he was not happy about that because it interrupted his nap, but neighbors who look after him said they were glad he was OK.

The fire was contained about 30 minutes later. As fire officials cleared out the debris, they noticed a substance that was causing a gloss on the water, which they believed was a potentially hazardous material, reported nbcsandiego.com.

Crews took precautionary measures and called a Hazmat team in, and they made trenches to contain the substance before it infiltrated the storm drains. Crews said it will take hours to determine what the substance is.

The cause of the fIRE, as well as the cost of the damage, is being investigated.

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