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Johnston County Auto Shop Destroyed By Fire

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JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. — Fire investigators believe lightning was the cause of a fire that destroyed a Johnston County auto repair shop late Saturday night.

No one was hurt, and no one was inside the shop -- located behind a residence on a rural road -- at the time. At lest five vehicles in and around the area were all destroyed, including a diesel-filled semitrailer.

"There's nothing left," said Shanae Davis, who watched her father's shop burn. "It's all gone."

Wind from the storm also blew flames toward the house, causing the siding to melt, Davis said. It could have been much worse, she said.

"I was scared a little because this truck has diesel fuel in it, and I didn't want it to blow up and spread," Davis said.

Davis said her father lost up to $40,000 worth of tools in addition to the vehicles.

"It's hard to look and see my dad's stuff is gone," Davis said. "Stuff he worked so hard for."


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