Firefighters extinguish blaze inside St. Pete auto business

ST. PETERSBURG — Firefighters quickly doused a blaze that erupted Saturday night inside a St. Petersburg auto garage.

The fire started about 8 p.m. on the south side of J.M. Auto Parts Service at 901 16th St. S, said St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue spokesman Joel Granata.

Passersby said they could see heavy flames and smoke shooting over the rooftop.

When firefighters arrived, they heard a series of small explosions in the building, believed to have been from car tires and other items that were stored inside the garage, Granata said.

Firefighters had to cut a lock off a door on the west side of the building to get to the blaze. It was quickly extinguished and no one was reported to have been injured.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Firefighters extinguish blaze inside St. Pete auto business 02/09/13 [Last modified: Saturday, February 9, 2013 9:57pm]

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