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Early morning fire destroys Alsey car workshop – WLDS

Several fire departments responded to the scene of a structure fire on Route 106 in Alsey this morning. Crews were called around 6am this morning to a fire at the former Cooper’s Garage car repair shop.

Winchester Fire Chief Freddie Andrews said the main part of the building was a total loss. “When we arrived it was already completely engulfed and the front overhead doors had already collapsed. Fire was showing everywhere.

The main building here, the second building, and the office adjacent to it was just starting to burn when we got here. We have [the fire] knocked down and saved, of course, the Morton building is a total loss.

White Hall helped us and Murrayville helped us and I want to thank them for that. The current cause is undetermined.

Andrews says reports of explosions from the fire came from propane tanks on a pair of forklifts as well as a few acetylene cylinders that ignited before crews arrived.

Andrews says they were struck by lightning when the front wall collapsed during firefighting efforts, but no one was injured in the blaze.