Capital Chevrolet dealer Ryan Carter watched firefighters clear his business of smoke about an hour after he saw a fire burning in the second floor of his business late Saturday afternoon.
"They haven't let me in yet," he said.
But Capital City Fire and Rescue Chief Eric Mohrmann said he doubts there was any structural damage to the business at 5245 Glacier Highway in the Lemon Creek area. "The crews did a great job in knocking down the fire," he added in the late afternoon darkness.
Carter said he discovered the fire at about 3:50 p.m. He was in his office and six employees were in the building. Several ran into the office and reported that they thought there was a fire.
He said he saw the flames in an office area on the second floor.
The call to firefighters reported smoke pouring out from the eaves on the outside of the building. Mohrmann said firefighters put the fire out in about 30 minutes, and from there worked to remove smoke from the building.
He said investigators had not yet figured out how the fire started and did not have an monetary estimate of the damage.
The second floor sustained smoke damage, Mohrmann said. Before the lights inside the business were turned off, a layer of white smoke was visible near the ground-floor ceiling. But Mohrmann said it appeared any smoke damage to the ground floor was minor.
Clearing the smoke from the second floor was more difficult because of the high-pitched roof, he said. Firefighters used fans and hydraulic pressure from a fire hose to force the smoke out, he said.
Except for one person treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation, there were no injuries, Mohrmann said.
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