Fire rips through northeast Austin body shop, damages vehicles

Fire at Al Ameer Body Shop and Babylon Towing on July 5, 2017. (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)
Fire at Al Ameer Body Shop and Babylon Towing on July 5, 2017. (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Firefighters with the Austin Fire Department brought a fire at a northeast Austin body shop under control Wednesday morning near the intersection of Anderson Lane and Cameron Road.

According to AFD, the fire was first reported at the Al Ameer Body Shop and Babylon Towing at 3:13 a.m. Fire crews say the fire heavily damaged a single wide mobile home, two sheds, and several automobiles.

AFD crews are currently trying to get in touch with the owners of the body shop. They are waiting until daylight to go inside and investigate the cause of the fire.

“The fire investigation will determine where the fire originated and then determine what could have caused that fire in that particular area, but with the multiple cars and multiple buildings it will take a lot longer,” says Palmer Buck, Division Chief with AFD.

Austin Energy crews were called out because power lines burned through and fell down during the fire.

No one was hurt. The fire was first spotted by Adam Lee who manages the apartment complex behind the automotive shop.

“There was definitely a lot of fire. Cars were on fire lots of fire so I decided to call right away.”

Lee says the owner is from Iraq and has been in business for more than 10 years.

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