Fire destroys Complete Collision in St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A St. Augustine business is nearly destroyed after an overnight fire Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

Crews with St. Johns County Fire Rescue battled a two alarm blaze at Complete Collision in the 1800 block of State Road 207 overnight. The first call came into the 911 dispatch at approximately 11:55 p.m., according to St. Johns County Fire Rescue. By that time, the roof had already collapsed.

It took five engines, two ladder trucks, two rescues, one heavy rescue and three tankers a few hours to get the fire under control.Abraham Chatila is the son of the owner. Chatila said Complete Collision is a family business and it has operated under that name since 1999.

Chatila said the approximately 10 employees will not lose their jobs. He anticipates the company will find a temporary location in which they can do collision work. He said the tow trucks were not touched by the fire, so they continue to run.

Small explosions could be heard inside the building. The noise was likely caused by gas, oil and petroleum.

The State Department of Environmental Protection will investigate the fire. The business was unoccupied at the time and there were no injuries. Firefighters contained the fire to just the Complete Collision business.

The Eastbound lane of SR-207 was closed while crews battled the blaze.

According to the business' Facebook page, Complete Collision is a truck towing, transportation service and auto body shop.

Stay with First Coast News for the latest on this developing story.


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