A vehicle inside Pro Import off E. E. Butler Parkway caught fire Thursday night, May 6, causing extensive damage to the Gainesville business.
Updated information from the Gainesville Fire Department indicates the vehicle where the fire originated was not raised on a mechanical vehicle lift, but it was parked on top of the lowered lift. Authorities initially estimated the damage amount from the fire at $100,000, but the business and its insurance provider will calculate the total damage amount.
The Gainesville Fire Marshal continues to investigate the cause of the fire.
Original story posted Friday, May 7:
A vehicle at the Pro Import automotive service business off of E. E. Butler Parkway caught fire Thursday night, causing almost $100,000 worth of damage.
The Gainesville Fire Department responded around 8:30 p.m. and found smoke coming from the garage doors. Once they forced the garage doors open and entered the business, personnel found the vehicle on the mechanical lift.
Crews quickly extinguished the fire and searched the building for victims and fire extension. Several other vehicles sustained smoke damage.
No one was in the business at the time of the fire, so there were no injuries.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.