UPDATE: Fire breaks out at Rossville auto repair shop
A fire destroyed a former auto shop in Rossville late Sunday night. It happened around ten at the corner of Hooker Road and West Gordon Avenue.
Neighbors said the fire was so large, firefighters told them to get away. The Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to investigate. “They had to move their cars and evacuate the whole street,” said neighbor Christy Anderson.
Debris is all that is left of the old Defur’s Automotive Body Shop in Rossville, a fire engulfed the building now used to store lawn and garden supplies. “I came running outside, there's flames shooting up probably 50 meters in the air,” said Dakota Anderson.
Crews spent the day repairing wires destroyed by the flames. Neighbor Dakota Anderson is shocked to see the damage. “It was pretty scary. If I could base it on 1-100, I would say 100. I've never been in that situation.”
Anderson was sleeping when the fire started. Firefighters and police officers filled his front yard. A massive fire was destroying the building feet away from his home. He had to scramble to get everyone out of the house. “There was nothing but heat coming into the house. I was pouring sweat and everything. Trying to get my dog out.”
The fire was so hot it damaged the house next door; the home Dakota and his mom were hoping to move into. “The siding is melted on to it. I don't know what they are going to do with it.”
They're thankful no one was injured, because they know how out of hand things could have got. “Watching it burn, make sure nothing will actually explode. It was like fire liquid dripping on that tank right there. Everyone on the block thought it was going to blow up or something.”
No one was inside the building the time of the fire, the cause of the fire is still unknown.