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North side fire burns Midtown shop

 


North side fire burns Midtown shop

A fire caused extensive damage to the interior and equipment of the Midtown Car Care Center on 3rd Street North Wednesday. The blaze was dealt with quickly and no one was harmed.

Michael Breum, who co-owns the garage with his father, Bob, said this morning that the fire happened quickly while working on a fuel tank shortly after 5 p.m. Some gasoline leaked, though he doesn't know how it lit.

"One minute we had gas in the car. The next we had fire on the floor," Breum said.

The garage staff tried to keep the fire under control, but quickly ran through their fire extinguishers and simply had to wait for the fire department, who were called at 5:19 p.m.

"It seems like an eternity when you're watching your building burn, but I have to hand it to those boys," Breum said. "They got there quick."

Fire Chief Dave Sheppard said the department sent three engines, an ambulance and 15 of their 19 firefighters to control the blaze, which was extinguished not long after they arrived.

Sheppard said that he still had a crew out there until 9:30 p.m. just to make sure nothing in the burning automotive repair center would start up again.

"Because of the type of business that it was, there were obviously a lot of flammables," Sheppard said. "So it took a while to take care of all the hot spots."

While the fire was burning, Breum knew that there were no people in the building, but there were two puppies.

One was found Wednesday night, but the family was not able to find the other one.

Then around 7 a.m. the lost puppy came bounding home, from where Breum can only imagine.

"It made this a lot less painful that we didn't lose a family pet over it," Breum said. "So everything is OK. Everything else can be replaced. Everybody survived."

Sheppard said the department is investigating what caused the ignition.

The fire severely damaged two vehicles in the garage, the Breums' equipment and the interior of the building, though the structure appears to be all right.

"There is extensive damage inside the building, but the structure is intact," Sheppard said. "I would say it is a salvageable structure."

Breum said he won't know for sure until an insurance inspection can happen.

Until then, the repair garage is closed, but he said the towing half of his business is still running.

As for the long-term future of Midtown Car Care Center, Breum said it's in the air right now.

"We got quite a loss," Breum said. "I don't know what's going to happen with this business, at this point. Maybe it's a sign I need to change occupations."

A fire caused extensive damage to the interior and equipment of the Midtown Car Care Center on 3rd Street North Wednesday. The blaze was dealt with quickly and no one was harmed.

Michael Breum, who co-owns the garage with his father, Bob, said this morning that the fire happened quickly while working on a fuel tank shortly after 5 p.m. Some gasoline leaked, though he doesn't know how it lit.

"One minute we had gas in the car. The next we had fire on the floor," Breum said.

The garage staff tried to keep the fire under control, but quickly ran through their fire extinguishers and simply had to wait for the fire department, who were called at 5:19 p.m.

"It seems like an eternity when you're watching your building burn, but I have to hand it to those boys," Breum said. "They got there quick."

Fire Chief Dave Sheppard said the department sent three engines, an ambulance and 15 of their 19 firefighters to control the blaze, which was extinguished not long after they arrived.

Sheppard said that he still had a crew out there until 9:30 p.m. just to make sure nothing in the burning automotive repair center would start up again.

"Because of the type of business that it was, there were obviously a lot of flammables," Sheppard said. "So it took a while to take care of all the hot spots."

While the fire was burning, Breum knew that there were no people in the building, but there were two puppies.

One was found Wednesday night, but the family was not able to find the other one.

Then around 7 a.m. the lost puppy came bounding home, from where Breum can only imagine.

"It made this a lot less painful that we didn't lose a family pet over it," Breum said. "So everything is OK. Everything else can be replaced. Everybody survived."

Sheppard said the department is investigating what caused the ignition.

The fire severely damaged two vehicles in the garage, the Breums' equipment and the interior of the building, though the structure appears to be all right.

"There is extensive damage inside the building, but the structure is intact," Sheppard said. "I would say it is a salvageable structure."

Breum said he won't know for sure until an insurance inspection can happen.

Until then, the repair garage is closed, but he said the towing half of his business is still running.

As for the long-term future of Midtown Car Care Center, Breum said it's in the air right now.

"We got quite a loss," Breum said. "I don't know what's going to happen with this business, at this point. Maybe it's a sign I need to change occupations."

 

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