Fire breaks at Huntington auto repair shop

Huntington Manor firefighters respond to this scene of Huntington Manor firefighters respond to this scene of a working fire at the Tilden for Brakes auto repair shop, 800 New York Ave. in Huntington Station. Some of the vehicles inside the building at the time were badly damaged. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. (July 26, 2013) Read more. Photo Credit: Ron Schankin

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Firefighters doused a Friday afternoon blaze at a Huntington auto repair shop that injured a worker and destroyed at least five vehicles.

The fire at Tilden Car Care Center, 800 New York Ave., began after a portable light broke, according to the center owner, Joe Montefusco.

Montefusco said one of his employees sustained second-degree burns and was treated at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Firefighters from Huntington Manor and Huntington responded to the fire at 2:42 p.m., officials said. The blaze took a couple of hours to put out.

Police sealed off the immediate area, concerned that the fire could spread or the cars inside the repair shop might explode.

Shakera Hobb, 25, was washing clothes in an adjacent building when she was evacuated.

"I've never seen a fire that big," she said.

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