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Friday, 13 April 2018 16:42

Fire Guts Detail Shop of Dave’s Autobody in Galesburg, IL

Written by Robert Connelly, The Register-Mail
Galesburg firefighters spray water as they attempt to extinguish hot spots following an early morning fire at Dave's Autobody, 2171 Grand Ave. Galesburg, IL, on April 7. Galesburg firefighters spray water as they attempt to extinguish hot spots following an early morning fire at Dave's Autobody, 2171 Grand Ave. Galesburg, IL, on April 7. Steve Davis/The Register-Mail

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Dave Dunn, owner of the auto body repair shop, said the detail shop had been standing for about 20 years at its current location. He woke up to a call from an employee about 5:37 a.m. who had received a call from their alarm company.


The cars damaged in the detail shop fire “were mostly our rental fleet. Not too many customer cars. It’s the detail shop. It’s not the body shop. It’s not the paint shop,” Dunn said.


When asked if he had concerns of the fire spreading to those other structures, he said, “They’re separate buildings for a reason.”


Dunn said the overall plan would be to rebuild on the same spot in the future. As far as what customers can expect in the days ahead, he said they will be able to continue with detail jobs.

 

“We have other areas that we could detail cars besides this building. It will put a cramp on our style, but we would be able to pretty quickly, I think, rent space somewhere else and continue detail operations,” he said. “The detail shop is an integral part of what we do with ‘detail for life.’ You know we have nine employees that work out of the detail shop. We have 35 employees, and nine work out of there."


Fire investigators were expected to respond to Dave’s April 7 to further investigate what caused the morning blaze.


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