Despite losing two buildings to the fire, a pallet factory and a paint and body shop, owner Duncan Scoby vows to rebuild.
Ouachita Parish and Monroe firefighters rushed to Scoby’s Auto Repair, off 165 and Pearl Street.
The business has been around for about nine years.
The owner tells NBC 10 the fire started in the pallet warehouse, and quickly spread to the body shop next door, and burned for several minutes.
Flames seared propane tanks, causing loud explosions that startled neighboring businesses and witnesses.
Scoby describes the damage as devastating, but when asked how to describe what he feels inside, he says, “Hurt, disgusted, torn apart.”
Help came from the Ouachita Parish Fire Department, Monroe Fire Department, state police, and the Ouachita Parish Fire Department.
Fire trucks sped down the road, aimed hoses high in the air, and rescuers charged through fences to fight a fire that quickly raged out-of-control.
No one was injured during the fire, and workers ran out just in time before flames consumed both buildings.
Firefighters were on the scene several hours later to cool down hotspots to prevent a second fire. Several cars at the body shop were scorched.