Ogeechee Road Fire Update - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

05/13/03

Ogeechee Road Fire Update

An overnight fire has completely destroyed an auto repair shop that was a relatively new business on Savannah's west side. As of this evening, Savannah firefighters still aren't saying what caused this fire. They spent today questioning employees and sifting through rubble trying to get answers.

Just after 2am this morning, firefighters were pulling up to a business going up in flames. No people were inside, but a room full of cars being fixed up were. Firefighters cut into the building, putting out fires in hard-to-reach spots. Other firefighters rushed to get people out of a nearby hotel in case the fire spread. All in all firefighters were able to contain the fire quickly.

But what remains of Herbert Pinckney's business is a garage full of twisted and scorched metal.

"I spent 24 years in the military and have never encountered something like this," Pinckney said.

Pinckney could only watch this morning as firefighters questioned employees and sifted through the mess, looking for clues as to how it all started. 

"We're going to see what we can get done with insurance company," said Pinckney. "I guess we're going to see the fire report, see what they say caused the fire."

The fire is still under investigation. The good news is that, while a number of the cars inside belonged to Pinckney or his mechanics, not many were his customers' cars.

Reported by: Elizabeth Garcia, egarcia@wtoc.com

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