Autoshop in Gaithersburg destroyed by fire on Saturday

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. — A Gaithersburg auto shop called Diamond Auto Clinic was destroyed in a fire Saturday night.

Pete Piringer, spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services, tweeted that approximately 85 firefighters responded to the fire which broke out around 6:20 p.m. in the Olde Towne Gaithersburg area.

When firefighters first arrived on the scene at East Diamond Avenue, Piringer tweeted that they found a burning vehicle in the repair bay. Piringer tweeted that the intense fire conditions caused the roof of the building to collapse.

According to Piringer, most of the fire was extinguished within 25 minutes. People inside nearby buildings were evacuated amid the flames, but, Piringer said, other businesses near Diamond Auto Clinic were unharmed.

Piringer wrote on Twitter that just before the fire, someone in the building was closing for the night. They were turning off the lights, when – according to Piringer – they heard a “pop” and “saw fire”.

Firefighters say no one was hurt, but the Diamond Auto Clinic was totally destroyed. The fire caused $1.5 million in damage, $1 million in damage to the building and $500,000 to its contents.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to Piringer.

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