Fire damages auto repair shop in Forsyth, Mo.

FORSYTH, Mo. -- The state fire marshal says a fire at Carl's Auto Repair Shop outside Forsyth, Mo started in the garage area.

Firefighters responded to the shop along Highway 160 at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 8. Firefighters say the fire was already intense by the time they arrived.

"When the initial call says there are flames coming through the roof, it's serious." Central Taney County Fire District Captain Randy Case said.

Captain Case says with a fire of that size, firefighters were also dealing with the unknowns of what could be inside the auto shop that might make matters worse.

"You've got cutting torch stuff. We don't know what kind of vehicles were in there at the time. So, you always look for that. If there is gas in the vehicles, you always have to allow for explosions and stuff like that. It's not likely but it's a possibility, so you can't rule it out," Captain Case said.

The owner of the business says he's owned it for about 30 years.

Fire officials say this is the business' third fire within about the last decade. The first fire occurred at a different location and the second fire didn't do as much damage as this fire.

Nobody suffered injuries in the fire. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.