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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fire Damages Auto Shop

A fire damaged a Klamath Falls auto shop late Monday night, and investigators say the fire may have been started intentionally.

Mike Dukes of the Daceco auto shop has been busy today...

"Trying to get this place secured, and get it cleaned up."

The fire was reported just before 11 Monday night. Tom Morehouse of Klamath County Fire District #1 says the fire began in an area at the rear of the building.

"We've got a couple of trailers with what looks like some used tires that is where the main part of the fire was."

Firefighters checked the building thoroughly to make sure the fire didn't spread. Investigators say the fire was human caused... but they can't say if it was accidental, or intentional.

Investigator Scott Rice notes that several arson fires were reported in the same general area late last year.

"We don't know if we have just a happenstance, or if we have a second person that's involved with a lot of these fires - but there is a suspicion around that."

Damage was limited to about 5000 dollars thanks to a quick response... and Mike Dukes is thankful.

"Yes - the fire department did a very good job - I was very proud of them."

There were no injuries reported as a result of the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and the auto shop is still open for business.

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