Fire Ignites at Auto Service Building

The fire was reported in Kearny Mesa around 7:20 p.m.

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    A fire sparked at a luxury auto service business in Kearny Mesa Friday evening, officials confirmed.

    Authorities said the fire started at approximately 7:20 p.m. at the Siry Auto Group business building located on the 7900 block of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard.

    Fire Ignites at Auto Service Building

    [DGO] Fire Ignites at Auto Service Building
    NBC 7 reporter Tony Shin is live at the scene where a fire damaged a building housing luxury vehicles. (Published Saturday, Aug 18, 2012)

    Service manager Fadi Saahed told NBC 7 San Diego he was locking up after a long day at work when a nagging feeling made him go back inside.

    "For some reason I wanted to make sure the office lights are off, I opened it and all of a sudden smoke from everywhere,” explained Saahed.

    Turns out a small fire had sparked inside a front room that was once a vault when the building used to be a bank. Saahed said there is no ventilation inside the room since it’s essentially a safe.

    San Diego Fire Rescue and the San Diego Police Department responded to fire. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire a short time later. No injuries were reported.

    Police temporarily shut down westbound Clairemont Mesa Boulevard between Convoy Street and Mercury Street as fire crews worked.

    In the end, damages to the building were minor.

    Saahed was relieved to find out that his customer’s high-end luxury cars -- from BMWs to Porsches – were safe from the fire. The cars were being stored in a bay behind the building and were fine following the fire.

    “Thank goodness, huh? We are blessed, we are blessed,” said Saahed.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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