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More than a dozen crews were called to the scene at a Clark Auto Parts building at West 46th Street and Clark Avenue around 3:20 a.m. on Friday. At one point more than 50 firefighters were on hand.
Officials said the fire seems to have started on the service and machine shop side of the auto parts store. Flammable material inside made the fire all the more challenging to combat.
“It was pretty dangerous. We were fortunate in one level that the building that collapsed was sort of caught by a phone poll and some wires. It was held up a little bit,” said Lt. Norman. “Anytime you come to fight a fire it’s a dangerous situation. We do the best thing that we can to make sure that our members are in a safe proximity.”
The front of the two-story building collapsed after flames broke out.
Officials said they were notified about the fire from a witness.
“The call came in from somebody who witnessed it walking by. Actually, a civilian came down and banged on the front door of station 24. Our station 24 is right down the street on Clark. We came down and found this,” said Lt. Mike Norman
No injuries have been reported.
The cause remains under investigation.
FOX 8 has learned the building that caught fire was being rented to Clark Auto Machine Shop. Clark Auto Parts is one block east and is still open.
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