More information released about Elkhart paint shop fire

Photo courtesy of Joel Nyikos

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. - Elkhart Fire Department dispatched a total of six engines to a paint shop fire on Friday at 8:14 p.m.

The fire took place at 5305 Beck Dr. in Elkhart.

There was not any significant damage to the building, and there were no injuries from firefighters or civilians, the report said.

While traveling to the scene, multiple 911 calls reported the building on fire. A large cloud of smoke was observed, which prompted two additional fire units. Engine 5 arrived on the scene first, reporting heavy smoke coming out of the roof and exhaust vents.

The employees told fire crews that the fire was from a large, diesel motor home inside the paint booth, according to the report. The employees tried to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher but couldn’t get the fire out, the report said.

In just half an hour, crews were able to put out the flames. The building had a sprinkler system, which held the fire back until crews arrived at the scene.

This fire remains under investigation.

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