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Fire hits High Country Auto Salvage

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cherokee firefighters convene to discuss continuing strategy after extinguishing an early-morning blaze that destroyed the High Country Auto Body Repair shop at the High Country Auto Salvage Yard at 632 River Road in Cherokee. [Order this photo]
The Cherokee Fire and Rescue Department reports that firefighters responded to a blaze at High Country Auto Salvage Yard, located on the River Road on the southwest side of Cherokee, around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The fire totaled the building that housed salvage yard's body shop.

According to Cherokee Fire Chief Gary Chase, when the CFRD reached the scene, flames were coming out of the south end of the building and kept spreading.

Chase deemed the building and all contents inside a total loss.

According to High Country Salvage Yard Owner Chris Staver, there were four tow trucks parked inside, along with four customer vehicles that were in for repair.

"No one was hurt, no fireman or anyone else. That's the main thing," said Staver. Staver said it was too soon to ponder the business's future. He did say that he might try to get a temporary shop up soon so the business could keep buying scrap metal.

Cause of the fire was not know at this time, however, Chase stated that the State Fire Marshal will be on the scene Wednesday afternoon to help determine what started the blaze.

The CFRD remained on the scene until early afternoon on Wednesday.

Cherokee firefighters work together battling an early Wednesday morning fire that destroyed High Country Auto Body Repair at 632 River Road. The fire destroyed the large facility, equipment and several vehicles parked inside at the High Country Auto Salvage Yard. [Order this photo]
Assisting the Cherokee Fire Department were the Meriden Fire Department and the Aurelia Fire Department.

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