Flames spread quickly in New Castle fire

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A former paint and body shop in Lawrence County was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters in New Castle were called around 1:30 p.m. to the building at 2397 Eastbrook Road in Hickory Township.

The business is no longer open, but one of the rooms had been converted into an apartment and a woman was living there at the time of the fire. She made it out of the building safely.

Neighbors watched as the fire quickly moved through the structure to the back of the building where flames jumped to a two-car detached garage, destroying the building and its contents.

“The building was built by my grandfather in the early 30s,” said witness James Kerr. “He was a mechanic. He opened it as a gas station and store and a place to have your cars worked on.”

A house next door was also damaged by the fire.

No one was injured in the fire.

A cause has not been determined.

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