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IFD crews extinguish fire at west side tire and body shop

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INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 19, 2014) – Thick, black smoke poured from a west side business Wednesday morning as fire crews battled to get a fire under control.

Around 9 a.m., Indianapolis Fire Department crews arrived at a building fire at 3098 Lafayette Rd. According to IFD, the fire was at Michel’s Tire Shop. The department called out a second alarm.

According to IFD, no one was inside the building when the fire broke out around 9 a.m. No one was hurt and the fire was labeled under control within 2 hours and 38 minutes.

During the fire as the heavy smoke continued to  push, area residents were asked to shelter in place and close open windows to prevent any smoke inhalation issues. None were reported.  IMPD officers helped alert the residents to temporarily seek shelter.  Once the fire was marked under control the warning was released.

The business owner, who has owned the shop for 8 months, has no idea what could have caused the fire. The cause is still being investigated.

IFD estimates that the fire caused $200,000 in damage.