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Fire destroys Halfmoon auto body shop

Fire destroys Halfmoon auto body shop

Fire destroys Halfmoon auto body shop
Clifton Park firefighters battle a 3 alarm fire Saturday night on Route 9 in Halfmoon.
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

HALFMOON -- A Halfmoon auto body shop was a total loss Saturday night after a fire, Clifton Park fire officials said.

The fire was called in shortly before 8 p.m. at Fast Lane Automotive, 1627 U.S. Route 9, Clifton Park Fire Chief John Van Chance said.

An employee had been in one of the garage's three bays welding when a fire broke out. The employee attempted to put the fire out himself, but was unsuccessful and then called 911, Van Chance said.

While the employee escaped uninjured, the fire grew as it reached flammable liquid. Although firefighters arrived after the call and were able to extinguish the fire, the garage became a total loss, Van Chance said. Each bay had a car in it, he said.

While representatives of Fast Lane could not be reached Sunday, Shad Walko, a Clifton Park resident who is listed at the chief executive officer of Fast Lane Automotive, reacted on Facebook early Sunday morning, sharing photos of the blaze on his personal Facebook page. "It's all gone...," Walko wrote.

The cold night also presented other challenges as the water froze quickly. One firefighter slipped and sprained an ankle, Van Chance said. The firefighter was home resting Sunday.

Clifton Park firefighters were assisted at the scene by several surrounding departments.

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