Hampton firefighters respond to auto repair shop fire

Photo courtesy of http://hampton.gov/fire/
Photo courtesy of http://hampton.gov/fire/

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Firefighters responded to a vehicle fire inside a Hampton auto repair shop Tuesday.

Crews were dispatched to the 1000 block of West Mercury Boulevard. At the scene they saw “moderate smoke showing from an open bay door of a large, one-story commercial structure used for vehicle sales and servicing,” said Hampton Deputy Chief Jason Monk.

The fire started when a mechanic was using a cutting torch in the cab of a vehicle. Employees tried to calm the flames with fire extinguishers, but were unsuccessful. When firefighters arrived, they able to put out the fire within five minutes, Monk said.

“There was significant fire, smoke, and water damage to the vehicle of origin,” Monk said in a press release. “No significant fire, smoke, or water damage was reported beyond the vehicle and there were no reported injuries.”

Hampton fire investigators ruled the cause of the fire accidental.

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