BELTSVILLE, Md. (ABC7) — A fire was so intense and violent at a auto repair shop that about a dozen cars were charred with windshields melted and tires disintegrated Tuesday in Beltsville.
The fire started around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 11200 block of Baltimore Avenue.
Fire officials say there is an estimated $50,000 in damages.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, and officials are not ruling anything out at this moment.
Around 10 cars in the lot, and a few more inside the shop were all destroyed. The business itself sustained a tremendous amount of damage as well.
No one was inside of the auto shop at the time, and there were no reports of injuries. When firefighters arrived they confronted heavy fire conditions.
ABC7 News learned that firefighters had the fire under control and contained by 3:15 a.m.
“I brought the car in to change your part and it is now gone. The insurance is the next step, they said they were going to tow a bunch of these cars,” says Julio Batista, a car owner.
The structure is very unstable, and employees are trying to clear some of the debris, to see if anything can be salvaged.