Passersby Spots Fire At Automotive Repair Shop
Gravenhurst firefighters from two stations had their hands full early Sunday morning at an automotive repair shop on Highway 11.
At 7:15 AM Sunday morning, crews from Stations 1 and 2 were called to “Dave’s Auto Repair” south of Kilworthy after a passerby saw smoke billowing from the shop.
Crews arrived to find a deep seated fire had already taken hold of the steel clad wood frame structure to the point where it would not be saved. “One customers car was inside and it was destroyed along with the building,” said Fire Chief Larry Brassard. “Aside from that, there were four large storage containers of used oil located in the shop, we were concerned about ground water contamination from these, so the decision was made to let that portion of the building burn up rather than having the oil contaminate the ground. This is a sound tactic in areas that are more environmentally sensitive,” the Chief said.
As an added precaution, the Fire Department also notified the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change of the incident even though there were no indications that any of the oil had spilled.
The fire caused an estimated $200,000.00 in damage and is not considered suspicious.