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Officials: Fire At Germain Ford Caused $1 Million In Damages

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A fire at Germain Ford likely caused more than $1 million in damages, and took more than an hour to extinguish Thursday morning.

The fire was reported at the car dealership in the 7200 block of Sawmill Road at about 11:09 a.m.

Fire officials say crews began battling the flames defensively upon arriving at the scene.

"I've never seen anything like it before," said Demetrius Brown, a witness.

Investigators told NBC4 that the fire started on the roof of the building during construction. The rubberized roof ignited from a power saw being used by a construction crew member.

"The garage portion has many cars in there with fuel in the fuel tanks and that potentially would cause a secondary fire or even an explosion," said Bill Ehrgood of the Columbus Division of Fire.

The fire has been ruled as accidental, and the damage to the building was described as significant, likely in the range of millions of dollars in damage.

Rick Germain said the fire broke out in an area that was going to be demolished soon. Still, costly automotive parts were stored inside.

"There's a portion of it that we will probably wind up taking down a little sooner than we anticipated," Germain said.

Other areas of the structure sustained smoke and water damage.

The fire has been ruled as accidental, and no injuries were reported.

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