Fire spreads inside S&S Auto Repair between Hagerstown and Williamsport

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HALFWAY — Firefighters battled a blaze at S&S Auto Repair on Virginia Avenue on Friday afternoon, but no one was injured, authorities said.

The fire was reported at about 2:15 p.m., and it was still active at 2:32 p.m., according to a Washington County 911 supervisor.

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Firefighters respond to a fire at S&S Auto on Virginia Avenue south of Hagerstown on Friday.
Firefighters respond to a fire at S&S Auto on Virginia Avenue south of Hagerstown on Friday.

Virginia Avenue at Bower Avenue was closed due to the fire, but it was reopened about 3 p.m.

Master Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said the fire started after workers removed gas from a fuel tank of a vehicle that was on a lift inside. Workers were cutting a catalytic converter off the vehicle when sparks caused a fire, Ernst said.

Firefighters respond to a fire at S&S Auto on Virginia Avenue south of Hagerstown on Friday.
Firefighters respond to a fire at S&S Auto on Virginia Avenue south of Hagerstown on Friday.

Although a couch in the shop also sustained damage, Ernst said most of the damage — estimated at $10,000 — was to the vehicle.

Halfway firefighters at the scene were assisted by fire crews from Williamsport, Funkstown and Hagerstown.

The repair shop is situated about halfway between Hagerstown and Williamsport.

This article originally appeared on The Herald-Mail: S&S Auto Repair on Virginia Avenue in Halfway is scene of fire

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