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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fire Causes $250,000 in Damage to Auto Shop

A smoky fire Tuesday morning caused $250,000 damage to an east side auto detail shop, the Madison Fire Department reported.

The fire was reported at 10:25 a.m. in a multi-tenant commercial building at 4914 Pflaum Road, according to a Fire Department news release.

One of the tenants in the building is American Auto Detail LLC.

The initial report to the fire department was that a car was on fire inside the building.

"The first units to arrive confirmed everyone was out of the building and there was heavy black smoke inside the auto detail shop," said spokesman Eric Dahl in the release.

Firefighters used a saw to cut a hole in the overhead garage door, allowing access to the inside, and also cut a hole in the roof to release heat and smoke from the building.

"The fire spread to a large amount of tires that were stored above an office area in the building," Dahl said. "Firefighters had to pull the tires off of the office and remove them from the building to complete extinguishing the fire."

Damage was mostly confined to the unit where the fire started. The other units had to close because electrical service had been cut off during the fire.

"Paramedics checked out two people at the scene but nobody had to be transported to a hospital," Dahl said.

Pflaum Road was shut down between Daniels Street and Mustang Way because hose lines were crossing the road.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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