8 hour fire destroys Clark County auto repair business

Published: Sunday, September 03, 2017 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Monday, September 04, 2017 @ 1:18 AM

FROM THE SCENE: Smoke roils from Clark County fire

Flames and heavy smoke engulfed RC Enterprises auto repair business Sunday morning in Clark County.

At least two buildings caught fire in a blaze that burned for more than eight hours, destroying the business at 4433 Spence Road in Pike Twp.

Flames and heavy smoke engulfed RC Enterprises auto repair business this morning in Clark County.

Pike Twp. fire crews requested the help of multiple area fire departments, including a 5,000-gallon water tank from Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

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Hazmat crews from Springfield also responded because of oil drums in the buildings.

"Before we even got here this morning, on our way to the firehouse, we could see the flames from (Ohio) 41, which is about a half-mile from here," said Pike Twp. Fire Chief Gerry Donnelly, who called the fire the worst in the township in at least the past decade.

The owner of the business declined to talk, but he did post a message about the fire on social media.

Springfield Hazmat has responded to a fully engulfed fire at an auto repair business in Clark County, according to our crew on the scene.

Donnelly said the cause of the fire and damage estimate were not available, but that investigators will preliminarily suspect an electrical issue. 

Smoke billows from an auto repair business on Spence Road in Pike Twp. Sunday morning. Joey Bryant/Staff

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No injuries have been reported, according to Clark County dispatchers.