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Florence Assistant Chief Kelly Aylor said a car on fire in the warehouse behind Short-T-Cycles was the cause of a fire that destroyed the warehouse on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in Florence, Ky. One person suffered minor injuries. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO, @ElgazzarBLVD
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FLORENCE, Ky. -- Florence Assistant Fire Chief Kelly Aylor said firefighters were unable to see the sky behind Short-T-Cycles moments after they arrived to battle a blaze that injured one on Thursday afternoon.

Crews battled a two-alarm fire in an automotive repair garage behind Short-T-Cycles in the 8300 block of Dixie Highway in Florence.

"There were quite a few minor explosions inside," Aylor said.

The initial dispatch indicated a van may be on fire in a garage, but when fires crews arrived, they were met with a bigger structure than they anticipated, Aylor said. Upon further inspection, firefighters identified the single vehicle on fire, but "conditions rapidly changed and the rest of the building took off pretty quick," Aylor said.

The front section of the building was protected by a firewall, Aylor said.

Staff members managed to save approximately 15 motorcycles from the blaze. One person was injured. The severity of their injuries is unknown.

Crews from Florence, Erlanger, Union, Independence and Elsmere were called to the scene and remained to extinguish several hot spots. No firefighters were injured.

WCPO Web Editor Max Alter contributed to this report.


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