Sundance Chevrolet is a very different looking dealership today after a fire broke out in the used car bunkhouse, according to The Lansing State Journal. The dealership is one of the largest in the entire United States.
The fire engulfed the entire bunkhouse, which housed important documents and served as sales offices, and was so intense that fire crews approached it with a containment method. 40 workstations were destroyed in the fire.
The real challenge is the what was lost in the fire. Not only did the fire torch 30 cars themselves, but keys to 900 cars were destroyed. A locksmith was on site to begin cutting new keys for each car unless replacements were available from General Motors or other automakers. The fire also destroyed titles to 1,000 vehicles on the lot.
Thankfully, no one was injured in the fire, which was finally extinguished around 5 a.m. Owner Terry Hanks said he’s ready to make the dealership even better now.
“It’s just another hump in the business,” Hanks said. “If this business was easy everybody would do it. It’s something you sure as hell hate to hear. It’s a situation where you just got to stop, keep it simple, clean it up and get somebody to rebuild it.”