No one was injured, but several cars were damaged in a fire that happened at Carr Auto and Truck Repair, 1824 Charles Street, at 5:26 p.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters with the Racine Fire Department were called after the owner of the building, Jeff Raffini, received a notification that a motion alarm was going off inside the building. When he entered the building, Raffini noticed the building was on fire and he could see flames along the wall of the car repair shop, according to a press release by the Racine Fire Department.

Raffini tried to put out the fire by using a number of fire extinguishers. Because the fire kept growing, he called 911 and left the building to wait for the fire department to arrive. Once crews were on scene, they were able to put out the fire within 30 minutes.



The building and several cars had extensive damage. Officials are investigating the cause of the fire, but it seems to be accidental. The estimated loss has been set at $75,000.


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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.