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Fire, but no injuries at City Garage

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Firefighter Jake Bennett, Fire Chief Tobey Archer (backs to camera) and Firefighter Joe Bennett discuss the pickup truck fire that damaged the City Garage this morning. Ivy Herron photo

Brazil firefighters were called to the scene of a gasoline fire at the City Garage on West National Ave. this morning.

Around 8 a.m., fire trucks and other emergency units were dispatched to the garage, located next to the NAPA Auto Parts business at 425 W. National Ave.

Fire Chief Tobey Archer said workers were servicing a city-owned pickup truck when it caught fire.

"Gasoline went awry and touched a hot part and ignited," Archer said. "City workers attempted to put it out themselves, as protocol warrants and fire trucks were dispatched to the scene immediately."

City vehicles were in the building when the fire began. Employees were told to move the vehicles out of the building immediately.

The pickup truck appeared to be the only vehicle damaged.

The building sustained heavy smoke damage. However, equipment in the building appeared to be unaffected.

The blaze remains under investigation.

Flames could be seen shooting out the windows. At least two fire trucks were dispatched to the scene.

The fire was under control by 8:30 a.m.

"I am glad no one was hurt," said Mayor Tom Arthur, who arrived at the scene soon after the blaze was reported.

Editor Frank Phillips contributed to this report.

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