Don Murtha video from a fire on Saturday that started at an auto repair business at Bailey and Hewitt and spread to a restaurant and two homes. At 4:25 in the video you will see a collapse of much of the repair shop. At least three firefighters were hurt.
The 2-alarm fire started shortly before 4pm when the owner of the automotive repair shop heard a strange noise from an air compressor. That’s when he ran across the street to the fire station for help.
When crews arrived, the fire had spread and multiple minor explosions where heard. We’re told the explosions were caused by combustibles that were inside the building.
It appears the entire auto shop has been destroyed including a neighboring Chinese restaurant. Those inside both buildings were able to get out safely. Two other buildings that contained three separate households were also heavily damaged.
The fire started just before 4 p.m. Saturday at an auto repair shop on the corner of Bailey and Hewitt avenues, then spread to a Chinese restaurant next door, Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield Jr. said at the scene.
The shop is directly across the street from Engine 23 firehouse at 3226 Bailey.
Firefighters swung into action after the owner of the repair shop ran across the street to report the fire, Whitfield said.
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