Fire extensively damages auto body shop

Cause is still being investigated

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Fire Chief, 509.625.7002

Friday, February 19, 2016 at 1:23 p.m.

A fire that caused extensive damage to an auto body repair shop is being investigated by Spokane Fire Department investigators. No one was injured by the Thursday night fire, but damage was estimated at $200,000.

Firefighters from Station 18 were out of their station when they noticed a large column of smoke coming from Cincinnati and Rosewood about 8:37 pm. They quickly determined the source was a large metal building that houses an auto body repair shop.

Flames and smoke were showing from the west and north sides of the structure. A full fire alarm response was dispatched and a second alarm sounded. The fire was brought under control within 40 minutes. 

Crews from Fire District 9 assisted in the fire attack and fire crews from Fire District 1 and District 8 assisted with city coverage. A total of 45 firefighters responded to the fire. The building was not occupied at the time of the fire.

Fire damage was confined to the walls and ceilings of the west end of the metal building with smoke damage throughout the structure. Several vehicles inside the building sustained heat and smoke damage.