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Fire tears through cars at body shop
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Morganton Department of Public Safety

Fire tears through cars at body shop


Firefighters worked through the night after cars in a lot at a body shop caught fire just before the turn of the new year.

The fire was called in at 11:48 p.m. Tuesday at Morrisons Body Shop at 723 East Meeting St., said Maj. Tony Lowdermilk with Morganton Department of Public Safety.

Lowdermilk estimated somewhere between 40-50 cars were burned in the fire, but the business owner told MDPS that all of the cars involved were set to go to a scrap yard.

No one was injured in the fire.

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A cause of the fire is still under investigation, Lowdermilk said.

The cars that caught fire were in a part of the lot that had cars stacked four or five high. Firefighters had to get a piece of heavy equipment to move some of the cars out of the way to extinguish the fire.

Part of East Meeting Street was blocked while firefighters battled the flames because part of a fire hose was coming across the street, Lowdermilk said.

Firefighters didn’t clear the call until 8:26 a.m. Wednesday, Lowdermilk said.

Salem, Triple Community and Lake James fire departments all responded along with MDPS.

Chrissy Murphy can be reached at or at 828-432-8941. Follow @cmurphyMNH on Twitter.

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