AUBURN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WJW) – A company assesses the damage while investigators search for the cause of a huge fire at an auto body shop in Geauga County on Friday.

The flames destroyed a Crash Champions, formerly Excalibur Collision, off of East Washington Street in Auburn Township, near Bainbridge.

The building itself appears to be totally gone, but fortunately no one was injured in the massive fire. Firefighters were able to contain the flames to one building, but they faced a few challenges along the way.

“Smoke started pouring out of those windows. Big, black smoke and I didn’t see the fire yet and then you just saw it overtake the whole building,” said Danielle DiMarco, who works across the street from the repair shop.

Around 1 p.m., the first call came into 911 from an employee of the business.

SKYFOX flew over the scene as even more people begin calling, reporting massive smoke as the fire spread.
Everyone escaped the building before firefighters arrived.

There are no fire hydrants in the area so tankers from Geauga, Trumbull, Portage and Cuyahoga counties helped bring water to the scene.

As firefighters doused the flames, the damage inside was apparent. Multiple vehicles are visibly burned to the frame.

Crash Champions released the following statement:

Earlier this afternoon, there was a fire at our Auburn Township/ Bainbridge location in the greater Cleveland area. Importantly, no one was injured.  We are incredibly thankful to the first responders from several counties for their quick action and support.  We are actively working with investigators to determine the cause of the fire.  

Our Auburn Township/ Bainbridge location will be closed temporarily as we work to restore operations.