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No Injuries: Fire Badly Damages Southside Auto Shop, Residence

Fire gutted an automotive-repair shop on Fairbanks’s south side Thursday afternoon.

Fairbanks firefighters responded to a report of the blaze at Jim’s Auto Parts and Glass around 4:45 p.m., along with personnel from four other area fire departments.

Fairbanks Assistant Fire Chief Ernie Misewicz says no one was injured.

“The occupants were able to get out, uninjured,” he said, “and we didn’t have any injured firefighters.”

But he says the fire pretty much gutted the structure just off Van Horn Road.

“It was a wood-frame house that was attached to a metal frame Quonset hut,” he said. “And there was pretty extensive damage inside.”

Misewicz says the residents of the home are staying with friends. He says there won’t be any work going on in the shop anytime soon.

“Right now, it’s liveable – the house is not liveable. And the shop is not use-able.”

Misewicz says the cause of the fire is not yet known. And he says a dollar figure on damage hasn’t yet been estimated.

Tim has worked in the news business for over three decades, mainly as a newspaper reporter and editor in southern Arizona. Tim first came to Alaska with his family in 1967, and grew up in Delta Junction before emigrating to the Lower 48 in 1977 to get a college education and see the world.