LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — A West Valley auto shop is a total loss after a fire Wednesday night, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue said.
Spokesman Tim Szymanski said the Econo Lube ‘N’ tube at 4701 Meadows Lane near Decatur Avenue caught fire when auto mechanics removed a fuel tank from a vehicle. Immediately, the tank caught fire. The workers tried to extinguish the fire with extinguishers, but it was too intense.
Within minutes, the interior of the store was on fire.
When Las Vegas firefighters arrived, around 4:45 p.m. on December 30, the store was completely engulfed in flames. The fire intensified, spreading to a dozen vehicles in the parking lot via a gasoline spill.
“Smoke from the intense fire could be seen from anywhere in the Las Vegas Valley. Although tires were involved, a large amount of flammable liquids, including gasoline, contributed to the ‘intense fire,’ Szymanski said in a press release.
Firefighters – including 30 pieces of equipment and 75 people – extinguished the blaze within 30 minutes and then worked on hot spots. Two people reported minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
A total of about 16 vehicles were destroyed in the fire, along with the total loss of the store. Szymanski said the damage was estimated at $1 million.
At 9:15 p.m., firefighters said they expected to remain at the scene for several hours to monitor any flare-ups.
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