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Charlie’s auto shop bursts into flames Monday in Mason City (photos and video)



This news story was published on January 11, 2016.
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At the scene

At the scene

MASON CITY – A Mason City auto repair shop became engulfed in flames Monday afternoon.

Witnesses tell NIT that explosions could be heard as a fire at Charlie’s Auto, 818 South Federal Avenue, became more intense at around 3 PM Monday. Mason City firefighters, police and city staff immediately responded to the scene. South Federal was blocked off from he north and the south, and side streets at 11th NE and 8th NE were also blocked. Numerous vehicles were attemptign to make their way as close as possible, so the drivers could get a look at the huge, billowing smoke climbing high into the sky.

City administrator Brent Trout was on hand helping set up street barricades. He said there was little information available at this time as to how the fire started. Firefighters were busy blasting the structure with at least two large streams of water. Flames were shooting out of the top of the building, mostly nearly the north side of the building.

So far, there have been no reported injuries.

More information to follow.

Charlie’s Auto fire video #1 … 818 South Federal, Mason City

Posted by NorthIowaToday.com on Monday, January 11, 2016

Huge fire at Charlie’s Auto on South Federal in Mason City… firefighters, police and city staff are on scene right now

Posted by NorthIowaToday.com on Monday, January 11, 2016

Photo sent by NIT reader, from North Jefferson Avenue

Photo sent by NIT reader, from North Jefferson Avenue

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9 Responses to Charlie’s auto shop bursts into flames Monday in Mason City (photos and video)

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 12, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    just funny how they say a morning prayer and this happens.. what does that tell ya?

  2. Axman Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Nobody died…mustve said morning prayer

  3. kim Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    KIMT was taking video before the MCFD was on scene, so give her a break. I have no problem with our Fire/EMS, but there response time was not what I expected, and snoopy people also caused some delays & Martin Brothers did did not have ther fire hydrant cleared.

  4. KIMT BLUES Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    They really need to get Emily Boster some help. She’s a wreck. Poor girl can’t calm down. Maybe she needs to think of a new profession. Wal Mart maybe.

    • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      January 12, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      Emily is a nice gal. It’s KIMT that totally blows. Really, when will they quit and just move already to Rochester? The phone number is 507 area code… so, take the rest of it up there. No one will miss you, KIMT.

      • KIMT BLUES Reply Report comment

        January 12, 2016 at 12:25 pm

        Matt, Emily may be nice, and nice to look at, but C’mon, have you seen her reports? Yesterday the audio was all botched, she seemed frantic, stopped a few times, and generally serms rushed like she doesn’t want to be there. To be effective you havs to own the story and location. I see Amy Fleming noticeably look annoyed everytime Emily hands it back to her.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Thank god they all made it out alive!

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    must not have had there daily mornigh prayer