One dozen fire departments struggled to contain a massive fire at Buff Whelan Chevrolet yesterday evening, which left absolute destruction in its wake.
Local news affiliate WXYZ was on scene as fire departments fought the fire from the ground and from the air. The blaze continued to ignite multiple cars inside the service center, which fueled the fire to spread into the body shop. Local fire chiefs said it was the worst fire in the city of Sterling Heights, Michigan’s history.
Around 9:00 p.m., local fire departments officially called the fire a four-alarm situation. By nightfall, departments had ceased fighting from the air and had contained the blaze, but the damage is immense. The service department is in ruins and portions of the body shop have been completely lost to the fire.
There isn’t a final tally of how many vehicles were lost to the fire, but WXYZ‘s report states at least 20 cars caught fire with most residing inside the service center. A cause has yet to be determined.
This fire has become the third in just two months. At the end of May, a Lansing-based Chevrolet dealership faced an enormous fire, which left cars without keys and titles. In June, a flash fire killed two Chevrolet service technicians in Alabama.