An auto-repair shop and several cars were completely destroyed after a fire broke out in the business early Monday morning, according to Lexington County Fire officials.
Lexington County 911 Communications dispatched Lexington County Fire Service and EMS to the 200 block of Chapin Road in reference to a commercial structure fire, just before 12:30 a.m.
Upon arrival, heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from the structure. Units from Irmo Fire District and Columbia Fire Department were also called in to help fight the fire. Five Lexington County Fire Service units with 14 personnel responded to the scene, along with two Irmo units with four personnel and two Columbia units with six personnel. EMS remained on scene to conduct firefighter rehabilitation operations.
Although the business was deemed a total loss, with an estimated $1 million in damages, there were no injuries as a result of the fire. A secondary woodworking shop next to the auto-repair shop received smoke damage from the fire. An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.William Rush Falls were present for the guilty plea and sentencing hearing.