A fire at a Brainerd-based automotive recycler also damaged the salvage facility Wednesday afternoon, but no one was hurt at the longtime auto and light truck parts supplier.
"Nobody was in the shop at the time," said Luke Shipman of Shipman Auto Parts. "Everybody was at lunch. No one was hurt."
The Brainerd Fire Department extinguished the fire after a burning vehicle was pulled from the shop along Southeast 13th Street at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
"It appeared to have started on a vehicle that they were working on in one of the garages," Brainerd Fire Chief Tim Holmes said.
Seventeen firefighters from the department were on scene. It took about two hours to extinguish the blaze that also damaged a repair shop at Shipman Auto Parts, according to Holmes.
"Gas was just leaking out of one of the vehicles," Holmes said. "But there was significant damage on the inside on what was like their east wing of their facility. ... They are working on boarding up the garage door that was damaged."
Shipman Auto Parts was founded in 1935 by Charley Shipman. Marv Shipman took over the business after his father's death in 1946 but retired in 1998. Marv Shipman's son, Dan, and previous store manager Glen Knowlen then bought the business from Marv Shipman.
"I would say that Shipman's staff did a really good job in getting the burning vehicle out of the structure," Holmes said. "No staff was injured or anything like that."
Luke Shipman said the longtime business would be open Thursday, March 1, and he said the last time he recalled there was a fire at the facility was in 1997.