(SPRINGVILLE) – Despite a fire Tuesday morning at Gear Works, their towing business and other garage will remain open.
“Right now, I am devastated; I lost my whole life of tools and equipment that took me years to acquire that cannot be replaced,” says Wes Jackson, owner of Gear Works.
According to Jackson, a mechanic was working on a vehicle when he left it for a minute; the whole underneath of a vehicle was on fire. Jackson suspects the vehicle had a fuel or oil leak.
There was more than $360,000 worth of damages, according to Jackson.
“I want to thank all the fire departments who kept the fire from spreading to the other garage. They all did a very good job.” Jackson added.
Finally, Angel and Wes want their customers to know they will rebuild and at present, they will continue to serve their loyal customers.
Environmental Service responded to the scene also to help mitigate the oil spill after 20 to 30 gallons of oil containers leaked following the fire causing the oil to leak out on the ground.
Firefighters with Perry, Indian Creek, Marshall, and Oolitic Volunteer Fire Departments are battling a blaze at Gear Works in Springville.
Lawrence County Sheriff deputies and an AMR ambulance crew are also on the scene.
The fire started shortly after 10 a.m. One building was destroyed with two vehicles inside.
Fire departments are also dealing with containing an oil spill, according to Max Peters firefighter of the Perry Township Fire Department.
Firefighters containing oil spill
So far, no word on what caused the blaze.
Firefighters will be on the scene several more minutes as they work to make sure the fire is out, and mitigate the oil spill.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Tabernacle of Praise Emergency Services responded to the scene, and Springville Grocery provided pizza to the firefighters.
Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department will release more information to 1340 WBIW later today.