JONESVILLE — What began as a report of a car fire turned out to be a structure fire that destroyed a Jonesville body shop Thursday afternoon.
Firefighters from the Jonesville, Kelly-Kelton, and Bonham fire departments battled the blaze at Justin’s Paint & Body, 215 S. Main St., Jonesville, for nearly four hours before clearing the scene at 3:48 p.m. Jonesville Chief Jimmy Wilkins, however, said his department was initially the only one dispatched when the call came in at 12:18 p.m.
“It was originally called out as a vehicle fire,” Wilkins said. “When I arrived at the scene I saw the building was involved. We have a mutual aid agreement with Bonham and Kelly-Kelton and when I saw the building was involved I had them called out.”
While it became a structure fire, Wilkins said the blaze apparently started when a vehicle inside the building caught fire. He said an employee had been welding on the vehicle and had left to go to lunch. A short time later, two men at a business across the street saw flames coming from the vehicle and called 911.
Despite battling the blaze for more than three hours, Wilkins said firefighters were unable to save the building. In addition to the building itself, Wilkins said a paint booth and three vehicles that were inside were also destroyed. He said two vehicles outside the building had heat damage.
Wilkins said there were no injuries.
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