SWARTZ CREEK, MI – No one was injured in a fire that destroyed a Swartz Creek auto repair shop Monday afternoon, officials said.
Firefighters were dispatched shortly before 3 p.m. on Monday, December 27 for a fire at Diesel Pro’s & Performance, 5200 Morrish Road.
The building was completely burned down when firefighters arrived and mutual aid was immediately requested, Swartz Creek Area Fire Department Chief Dave Plum said at the scene.
No one was injured in the blaze, but the building was a total loss, Plum said. There were about six vehicles and several pieces of equipment inside the building at the time of the fire.
Store owner Matthew Randall told MLive-The Flint Journal he believed the fire started when a technician used a torch under a vehicle.
Randall said he believed a piece of ash fell on a chemical on the ground, igniting a flame.
There were seven people inside the building when the fire broke out. All came out unscathed, Randall said.
Randall, who owned the auto repair shop for four years, said the company had full insurance and plans to rebuild on site.
“We’ll have guys with keys in hand by next Monday morning,” Randall said.
The fire remains under investigation.
Several fire departments could be seen at the scene as firefighters continued to work to extinguish hot spots inside the building shortly after 4 p.m. Monday.
Agencies responding to the scene include Swartz Creek Fire Department, Flushing Fire Department, Flushing Township Fire Department, Burton Fire Department, Township Police Department of Clayton, the Township of Flint Fire Department, the Township of Gaines Fire Department, the Township of Venice Fire Department and the Metro Police Authority. of Genesee County.
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