A backhoe was taking down parts of the building hours after the fire was knocked down. The fire was so intense, firefighters could not salvage the auto shop.
“I was in my kitchen and I was about to go to work and you just heard the explosion,” said Brad Carpenter, who lives next to Sparky’s Auto Center in Riverside. He was the first to cll 911.
“It was like ‘whoosh’ you could hear it. It was just nasty,” he said.
Fire and smoke billowed from the business on Valley Street and had neighbors fleeing the area.
“The owner was just pouring water on the fire and I was just yelling, ‘get out, get out,’ and I grabbed my kids. We got out of there, it was crazy,” Carpenter said.
The auto shop was close to several homes down the street, but only one house and garage right next door was damaged by the fire.
The weather was a big factor in fighting the blaze, Stitzel said.
“The wind was a severe detriment to our operations. Whenever you have this much of a breeze it’s a wind-driven fire, it’s going to push towards, and unfortunately, if it was pushing the other way it was an open street area,” he said.
One person suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
In addition to Riverside, Huber Heights firefighters also responded to the scene. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Three structures involved in Riverside fire