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Fire breaks out at Darlington auto service business overnight

Published: Oct. 21, 2015 at 1:42 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2015 at 1:59 PM EDT
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DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - Officials are investigating after fire broke out at Gray's Tire and Break Service in Darlington early Friday morning, according to the Darlington City Fire Department.

Chief Pat Cavanaugh said it was around 2 a.m. when they got the call for the fire, and when firefighters arrived there was heavy fire coming from the garage. It took about an hour to put the flames out.

Cavanaugh said investigators waited until daylight to return to the business to meet with SLED agents and begin digging through the debris. Luckily, no one was at the shop at the time of the fire.

None of the buildings around Gray's were damaged, but some of the cars inside the garage were.

The fire was called in by someone passing by, Cavanaugh said.

A Facebook post from the DCFD included a picture showing the front of the business with yellow tape around it, and black char over the outside walls. It read that officials were assisted with the early morning fire by Hartsville City Fire, Darlington County Fire, Palmetto Rural Fire, Darlington Police, Darco Medic 3, Rescue 229 and dispatch.

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