Arson the possible cause of auto shop fire (with photos)

By Beau Ebenezer

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    Fire fighters hose down tires outside L & M Automotive. Officials believe the fire started in the tires and spread to the building. The fire is being investigated as an arson.

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September 17, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 2:06 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Peoria Fire Department is investigating a fire at a local auto shop. Fire officials believe it may have been arson.

Firefighters were called to L & M Automotive on West Lincoln Avenue shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control within the hour.

"It looks to be possibly arson," Peoria Fire Battalion Chief, Michael Morgan said. "It started outside in some tires that ran up the outside of the wall. It did get inside. The crews on the scene made a fast attack. We were able to knock it down fast from the outside and then advance inside."

One firefighter was injured when a section of drywall fell from the ceiling and hit him in the head and arm. He was transported to OSF St. Francis Medical Center for treatment.

The damage to the auto shop is estimated at $12,500.

An investigation is ongoing.

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