Fire damages auto detailing business

September 28, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A fire late Sunday afternoon destroyed four cars and half of a new building that housed an automobile detailing business on Buchanan Trail East near Interstate 81 in Antrim Township.

The building with red aluminum siding was constructed this summer, according to owner Dave Shockey of Waynesboro, Pa.

He leased part of the building to Craig Kennedy, owner of Auto Detailing.

"He lost everything he had," Shockey said, surveying what was left of the smoking building.

The back of the building, which stored vehicles and a stack of hay, was saved, he said.

John Hudson, who was working on a car in a garage across the street, said he ran to the window when he heard explosions outside.


"It sounded like someone was beating on a 50-gallon drum," he said.

He called 911 at about 4:50 p.m. when he noticed the smoke and saw flames "all over the building."

The explosions Hudson heard probably came from the tires and gasoline from the vehicles parked inside the building, said Fire Chief Bob Ebersole of Rescue Hose Co. in Greencastle.

Shockey said there were no explosives inside the building and none of the chemicals used to clean the cars are flammable.

Most of the building's tin roof collapsed and the fire gutted the inside.

There were no injuries.

Since it was a new building, Shockey said he wasn't sure what is or isn't insured. But he said he definitely plans to rebuild.

About 10 fire companies responded to the scene, where they remained until about 7 p.m. Fire police detoured traffic off of Buchanan Trail East onto back roads in Antrim Township.

A damage estimate was not available at press time.

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