OKLAHOMA CITY- Fire crews responded to a commercial fire in southeast Oklahoma City.
After numerous calls around 3:40 p.m. Monday afternoon, firefighters were sent to an auto repair business near SE 51st and Shields that was on fire.
Dispatch was told everyone was already out of the building.
Rushing to the scene, fire crews saw a column of smoke from a distance away. The first crews on the scene reported heavy fire and smoke from the side of the business. Firefighters used ladders to help them knock down a large portion of the fire before letting others attack the blaze from the inside.
Because it was an automotive business being destroyed, firefighters strategically placed booms to prevent water runoff with chemicals/fluids entering the nearby drains. Storm Water Quality was contacted to help. Hazmat was also called to the scene to help with clean-up.
Kim Brooks was an eyewitness," First it sounded like gun fire like a quick pop pop and then all of a sudden you heard a large explosion. We seen all the vehicles on fire and black smoke and another explosion went off and debris started falling from the air."
Chris is the car shop owner’s son "The explosions that you heard or seen was because of the vehicles.. that caught on fire and exploded."
Six cars inside and outside of the business sustained heavy damage from the fire.
Officials say the fire appeared to have originated in or near one of the vehicles inside the garage. However, the official cause has not been reported.
No injuries were reported.
Officials report a structure loss of $37,520 and a content loss of $101,725
The cause of the fire is under investigation.