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Motorcycle Shop Goes Up in Flames

BOONE COUNTY, Ky (Adam Clements) -- Chief Kelly Aylor of the Florence Fire Department said, We got a call for a car on fire in a garage.  It ended up being a bigger garage than we anticipated."

It turned out to be an auto repair shop and it didn't take long for the fire to spread.  Flames and heavy smoke pouring from the building..

 Witness to the blaze, Mick Mcknight, said, "Walked down to the end of the shop, and seen that the shop at the very end of the building was on fire, and by the time we walked back up to the shop, it was down."

Crews from several different departments in the area: Erlanger, Union, and Elsmere, all raced to help Florence Firefighters get the flames under control.

One of the businesses affected by the fire was Short T's Cycles, a motorcycle repair shop.

 (joe catton/owner - short t's)
Joe Catton is the owner of Short Ts.  He told Local 12, "We saw the E.M.S. and the Sheriff come in, we walked out, and it was in flames."

Owner Joe Catton didn't have much time.  He and his employees got to work.

 We were getting what we could until they told us to stop.  You see we rolled a toolbox out.  Just the box alone is worth eight thousand dollars."

The back half of the building where the fire started is a complete loss.  Joe's shop, for the most part, was spared, thanks to an extra layer of protection.

 They call it a firewall.  That's all I know.  It came in handy today. Yeah. Yeah, Catton said.

Joe's customers will be happy to know that before he tried to save his own tools and equipment, he put them first.

We got all the bikes out, so no customers' motorcycles were hurt."




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