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Crews douse blaze at Winnipeg auto shop

WINNIPEG – Fire crews quickly got control of a large blaze that broke out late Wednesday afternoon at an automobile and tire business in East Kildonan.

The fire, which caused $600,000 damage, was fought from outside the building because of the presence of oil cans, gas and tires.

A thick plume of heavy black smoke and flames rose above the facility at Molson Street and Panet Road during the supper hour Wednesday.

Fire burns at auto and tire shop at Molson Street and Panet Road in Winnipeg on Wednesday.
Fire burns at auto and tire shop at Molson Street and Panet Road in Winnipeg on Wednesday. Global News/Skyview-1

The well-involved fire was spotted by Global’s Skyview 1 chopper around 5:20 p.m. There was a loud explosion minutes later.

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Several fire trucks, including an aerial ladder truck, were used to fight the blaze at Giardino International Auto and Tire Centre, the business listed at the 885 Molson St. address to which fire crews were dispatched.

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Panet Road at Nairn was shut down while crews worked to bring the blaze under control.

No one was injured, officials said.