Ladonia auto body shop "total loss" after fire, chief says - WRBL

Ladonia auto body shop "total loss" after fire, chief says

Posted: Updated: May 01, 2014 01:45 PM
PHENIX CITY, Ala. - A Ladonia auto body shop is a "total loss" after a fire Thursday afternoon, the fire chief explains to WRBL News 3.

Around 1p et, the Ladonia Volunteer Fire Department responded to a "fully involved" fire at Transform Minds Auto Body shop on Highway 80.

"It was a huge fire, completely involved, a complete loss," Chief Thomas Kane said.

James Lyles, who identified himself to WRBL News 3 as the owner of the shop, said he was using a metal cutter when the fire broke out.

"The sparks from the plasma cutter caught instantly," Lyles said. "I tried putting it out."

Lyles called 911 and ran outside, where he stood and watched the flames spread throughout his business.

"It took [the fire department] so long to get here I ran back inside the building to try and put it out myself and the police officer had to pull me out," Lyles explained.

Chief Kane told WRBL News 3 his crews arrived to the fire within 14 minutes. The department's crews are all volunteers and most are at work in the middle of the day, Kane explained. Volunteers will leave work and travel to the fire department before responding to calls.

The Ladonia Fire Department sent six units to the fire Thursday. Additional units from the Phenix City Fire Department also responded in order to provide assistance.

James Brierton

James joined WRBL News 3 with experience from CNN, NBC News and his own hyper-local news site. He manages the WRBL News 3 Web desk. More>>

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