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Fire Destroys Durham Auto Dealership

Posted September 9, 2007

— Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire at a Durham car dealership.

The blaze started around 6:30 a.m. Sunday at Everyone Rides Family Auto Center at 3323 Holloway St. When firefighters arrived, the front office was engulfed in flames, said Scott Roberts of the Durham Fire Department.

The main building and the vehicles inside were destroyed. Other vehicles near the building were damaged. The property owner said his family operated the dealership for 37 years and then leased it to another company.

“I plan on rebuilding. These people have been mighty good to me and I'm going to continue to make things right,” said Linwood Cash, building owner.

Investigators said they believe the fire started in the front of the building. The exact cause remained under investigation Sunday night. No one was injured in the fire.


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  • mburgie Sep 10, 2007

    To all of Family Auto Centers customers and friends, thank you for your support and patience. We are currently OPEN for sales and service. We will remain at the same location, hopefully for many years to come. The rebuilding process has already begun and we look forward to seeing you in our new showroom very soon !
    Marty Burgie
    Family Auto Centers Manager

  • pleshy Sep 10, 2007

    Oh yeah, because nothing in an car dealership is flammable - paper, petroleum products for cars, etc.

  • plzluvme2 Sep 10, 2007

    I saw the place Sunday afternoon - Definitely looks like arson. It's hard to believe anything could have started such a blaze without some type of acellerant.

  • anonemoose Sep 10, 2007

    I guess somebody may not have been happy with the repayment plan or the terms of their repo.....