Auto repair

Assistance increased for injured Ambler auto repair shop owner after ‘tragic’ fire

After a triple “tragic” alert a fire damaged an auto repair shop in Ambler on Thursday morningpeople are mobilizing to help the injured owner.

The devastating fire broke out inside an Ebner’s Auto garage on South Main Street near East Butler Avenue around 10 a.m., according to the Wissahickon Fire Company.

Crews arrived at the scene within minutes and battled the rapidly moving blaze until about 2:30 p.m., with many agencies remaining on the scene until 6 p.m., extinguishing hot spots, according to Southeast Pennsylvania Emergency Alerts.

The SEPTA service in Doylestown was shut down for several hours as firefighters worked to put out the blaze, officials said. Service resumed around 3 p.m.

Shop owner Tim and another employee were working on a car that was lifted when someone noticed the inside of the car was smoking or on fire, according to a growing number GoFundMe page.

“Shortly afterwards the vehicle fell, injuring Tim, who was taken to Abington Trauma Center with a punctured lung and a collapsed lung,” the organizer wrote. “Abington Trauma provides him with breathing assistance, and Tim is alive as we compile this GoFundMe.”

“Tim is seriously injured and his business has suffered a catastrophic loss. Tim has a family, he and his wife Susan are caring for grandchildren, and Ebner’s Auto has employed a number of amazing people in the shop,” indicates the page.

As of Friday afternoon, the page had raised over $1,200.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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