Flames engulf abandoned Winter Park auto shop

A two-alarm fire destroyed an abandoned auto shop near Winter Park early Friday morning.

Multiple units from the Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department and Orange County Fire Rescue were dispatched to the 6400 block of University Boulevard, which is just outside the city limits of Winter Park, in reference to a commercial structure fire.

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Flames engulfing an abandoned auto shop near Winter Park early Friday morning. (Photo: Orange County Fire Rescue)

Upon arrival at the former auto shop, firefighters observed heavy smoke and flames.

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Heavy smoke and flames rising from the abandoned auto shop on Friday morning. (Photo: Orange County Fire Rescue)

The roof had also partially collapsed, and a vehicle inside the building was on fire.

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A vehicle inside the abandoned auto shop caught on fire. (Photo: Orange County Fire Rescue)

Orange County and Winter Park firefighters worked together to combat the blaze, and the flames were eventually extinguished.

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Multiple firefighting units from Winter Park and Orange County assisted with extinguishing the blaze. (Photo: Orange County Fire Rescue)

“These calls illustrate the importance of why we train with our neighbors throughout the year,” stated the Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department in a social media post on Friday morning.

There were no injuries reported.

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The cause of the blaze is currently under investigation. (Photo: Orange County Fire Rescue)

The State Fire Marshal is currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

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