Fire causes damage to Monroe Street auto shop

Thursday, November 1, 2012 | 6:40 p.m. CDT; updated 9:18 p.m. CDT, Thursday, November 1, 2012
Mark Doninelli surveys the damage to his property Thursday at Mid-Missouri Auto Works on Monroe Street. According to Doninelli, the property was leased to a tenant whose power had recently been shut off, leading the tenant to run a generator inside a car to muffle the noise.

COLUMBIA — A garage fire at Mid-Missouri Auto Works on Thursday afternoon caused estimated damage of $75,000, said Lieutenant Brian Davison of the Columbia Fire Department in a news release. No one was injured. 

The fire started inside a vehicle that was in the garage. The estimated damage included two vehicles.


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Three fire engines, a ladder and a rescue squad responded to the fire at the west garage at 1812 Monroe St.

At about 3 p.m., a person called 911 and reported seeing fire and smoke coming from a garage near the business. Firefighters put out the fire in 10 minutes. They then spent an hour removing burned drywall and charred insulation.

Supervising editor is Simina Mistreanu.




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