UPDATE: Fire seriously damages car dealership in Chesapeake, Ohio

Published: Nov. 1, 2018 at 2:36 PM EDT
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UPDATE 11/1/18 @ 10 p.m.

More details have been released about a fire that seriously damaged a car dealership in the 4200 block of state Route 7 between Chesapeake and Proctorville.

A woman who lives next to Bevins Auto Sales says she heard about seven explosions a little after 2 p.m. Thursday.

She says she looked outside and saw flames shooting from the roof of the business.

Mike Campbell, assistant chief with the Chesapeake Union Township Fire Department, says one employee was working in the garage when the fire started, and he got out safely. That employee told firefighters a gas can got knocked over, and a spark ignited it.

"Any time you have somebody working on automobiles or things like that, there are always extra dangers involved in gas and welding torches and things like that," Campbell said.

The building sustained heavy damage, and some vehicles were destroyed.

Campbell says the fire marshal will be investigating the cause.

Campbell says the garage was fully engulfed and flames were shooting through the roof when they arrived. He says acetylene oxygen tanks in the garage ruptured.

The neighbor, Donna Shockley, says she took her 4-year-old son, three dogs, guinea pig, fish and truck up the road to be safe in case the fire spread next door.

"What if an ember would've come over here?" she said. "It could've been us."


Crews are responding to a fire at a car dealership in Lawrence County.

Lawrence County 911 dispatchers say it's in the 4200 block of state Route 7 in Chesapeake. That's Bevins Auto Sales.

No other information is available at this time.

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