Category Archives: Auto Dealership

Seattle, WA – Sprinkler system activated for fourth floor apartment fire; No injuries reported

Seattle Fire Department (SFD) officials responded to an apartment building fire that occurred on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening.

SFD first posted on X about the fire at around 5:13 p.m., writing that they were responding to a fire in the 600 block of Howell St.

Shortly after, they posted an update, noting the fire was extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system.

“I heard a loud explosion noise, and for a second, I was like, ‘Is that coming from the TV?’ And then I heard a draft, then my door rattled for about four seconds,” said James Maciel, who lives on the fourth floor of the building. “So right then, I knew something wasn’t right. I opened my door, and there was an engulfed, full fire by the elevator shaft.”

SFD also confirmed that no injuries were reported.

Maciel continued to say the fire began on the fourth floor while also noting that he believed the fire was intentionally set.

“This wasn’t a toaster oven fire or a heater blanket,” Maciel continued. “I knew that this was some kind of bomb or explosion. I knew it was set intentionally within two seconds of seeing it.”

KOMO News contacted the SFD for further details regarding the fire but was told that the matter is currently under investigation.

Mississauga, ON, Canada – Sprinkler system contains fire at car dealership

Crews are responding to a fire in Mississauga this evening (Feb. 27).

Shortly before 6:30 p.m, the city’s fire department said they were responding to a fire at the Ideal Honda car dealership located near Highway 401 and Dixie.

Early reports indicate heavy smoke rising from the roof of the dealership.

The cause of fire and any potential injuries are currently unknown.

UPDATE: The fire is under control and appears to have been contained by the sprinkler system, the fire department says.

It’s believed that the smoke was coming from a vent inside the facility.

Lynnfield, MA – Vehicle fire at Mercedes-Benz dealership contained to vehicle by fire sprinklers

Firefighters braved frigid conditions as they battled a vehicle fire that broke out in the showroom of a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Lynnfield early Thursday morning.

A security guard patrolling the area of Flagship Motorcars of Lynnfield on Broadway around 4 a.m. called 911 after noticing a glow coming from the front window of the building, according to Lynnfield Fire Chief Glenn Davis.

Firefighters responding to the scene found that a sprinkler system contained the flames to the vehicle but the building had been filled with smoke.

Crews dealt with freezing temperatures, which caused the parking lot to ice over.

One firefighter may have sustained a finger injury from falling on the ice but no one was transported to the hospital, Davis said.

Hours after the first fire broke out, a second vehicle parked in the lot outside the showroom started smoking and smoldering.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fires.

Grand Forks, ND – Auto dealership fire set by employee stopped by fire sprinklers

Grand Forks police say an employee of an auto dealership was arrested after he deliberately lit some gas on fire which had been spilled on the floor of a shop area.

25-year old Jobe Lunski, of Ardoch, North Dakota, was arrested on a charge of endangerment by fire.

Police say the ignited gas created a significant flash fire that caused minor injuries to another employee and damage to a customer’s vehicle and the building’s structure

Firefighters who responded to Lithia Ford at 2273 32nd Avenue South Wednesday afternoon found the fire has already been extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system.

Studio City, CA – Fire that started after woman crashed car into dealership is contained with help from sprinkler system

A woman in her 20s was taken into custody after crashing her car into the glass window of the Century West BMW dealership around 2:00 a.m. the Los Angeles Police Department noted on Wednesday, April 24. The woman was taken into custody by authorities on suspicion of driving under the influence at the time of the crash. Surveillance video captured in incident. The red four-door Subaru stopped half way inside the building before catching fire and activating the sprinkler system. The woman can be seen getting out of the vehicle and walking away. There were no reports of any serious injuries during the incident. The identity of the driver has not been disclosed to the public. The Los Angeles Fire Department, responded to the scene and extinguished the fire on Lankershim Boulevard and Whipple Street. BMW Manager Joe Deitrick arrived to the scene where two vehicles were reported damaged inside the newly remodeled showroom floor including a BMW i8 worth at least $150,000.

Gaithersburg, MD – Sprinkler system prevented fire from spreading at auto repair shop; No injuries reported

Two cars are left damaged after a fire started in a Gaithersburg auto repair shop.

According to the Montgomery County Fire Department, the fire broke out Thursday at about 7 am at J B Auto Repair on Rickenbacker Drive.

About 50 firefighters were on scene and found that the fire started in the engine compartment of a BMW vehicle, and extended to at least one other car.

Officials say the sprinkler system helped prevent the fire from spreading to other cars under repair inside the garage.

“Good thing it happened at the end of the shop. There were like 14 cars inside the shop, so two of them were the two last cars that got damaged. We were able to, I guess, get the issue solved early, but a lot of clean up to do,” explained J B Auto Repair owner, Jose Benitez.

Fire officials determined the cause to be accidental, but say they are aware that the BMW vehicle model does have a history of issues with fires starting in the engine area and believe that to have been the cause.

No employees or firefighters suffered injuries. 

East Brookfield, MA – Sprinkler system activated for truck fire in garage of Ford dealership

Overhead sprinklers helped knock down a small truck fire in the garage of a Ford car and truck dealership.

Shortly before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, a truck being serviced at Lamoureux Ford, 366 E. Main St., somehow caught fire, police Lt. William Gregoire said.

At the time of the fire, the truck was on a lift that was raised in the air and being worked on, Lt. Gregoire said.

Lt. Gregoire said the sprinkler system in the building took care of the fire pretty quickly, with the aid of fire extinguishers.

“The sprinkler system was the savior of the day,” Lt. Gregoire said. “It worked as it was supposed to.”

The garage was filled with smoke.

No one was hurt, according to police.

Tucson, AZ – Sprinkler system prevents garage fire from spreading to showroom at Mercedes-Benz dealership

A fire at a Mercedes-Benz dealership on Tucson’s east side on Wednesday, Oct. 24, damaged at least one car in the garage, but did not spread to the showroom.  Sprinklers activated, helping stop the spread of the fire at 6350 E. Grant Road.  According to information from the Tucson Fire Department, one employee of the dealership was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor burns. No firefighters were hurt.  It took 36 firefighters and 15 TFD units about 16 minutes to get the fire under control.  Investigators are working to determine the cause and origin of the fire.

Miami Township, OH – Fire in body shop of auto dealership doused by sprinkler system; Dealership open for business next morning

Crews are working to determine the cause of a small fire Friday night in one of the body shop bays at Castrucci Honda Service in Miami Twp.  A cleaning crew called in the fire a Miami Valley Fire District battalion chief said involved some papers that produced smoke as well. The garage sprinkler system kicked in to douse the fire.  The smoke and fire damage at the business, 3013 Mall Park Drive, are minimal, said General Manager Mike Boone, head of all Castrucci business in the Dayton area. Boone said the business will be open Saturday.  He also said he doesn’t believe any of the vehicles in the body shop were damaged.  No injuries were reported.

Crews were dispatched just after 9:30 p.m. on a report of a possible structure fire.