Auto repair shop burns in East Boston
Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze in an auto repair shop in East Boston Wednesday morning.
With the outside temperature hovering around 20 degrees, firefighters faced icy conditions as they battled the fire in the ductwork of the two-story commercial building at 86 Condor St., the department wrote on its official Twitter account. No one was reported injured.
The cause of the fire was an electrical short in the heating equipment for the spray used to paint cars, said Mike Walsh, a Fire Department spokesman. The fire chief estimated damage at $250,000, Walsh said.
The fire was discovered at about 9:15 a.m. and declared under control about an hour later, the department said.
Kim Henry, who works in a food distribution center next door to the body shop, said she could not see the fire, but noticed “black smoke over the building” and firefighters on the roof of the structure.
Walsh said the frigid conditions and flammability of the materials in the shop made the effort more difficult.