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Fire, smoke engulf Bethel auto yard building

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BETHEL, N.C. - The cause of a fire at a Bethel auto salvage yard is under investigation this afternoon.

It's happened at the West Auto Sales and Salvage on NC 11 North.

Phil Woolard, a Bethel firefighter, tells 9 On Your Side the fire started when an employee was transferring gasoline from one tank to another. However, it's still unclear at this time as to what sparked the fire.

Flames and heavy smoke could be seen billowing from one of the buildings at the auto yard early Tuesday afternoon.

Fire crews from Bethel, Stokes, Pactolus, and Staton House arrived at the scene around 2:30 p.m to begin fighting the fire. They brought it under control about 20 minutes later.

Shop owner Ricky West says he's operated the salvage yard for 15 years. He was storing two stock cars at the facility, each worth about $5,000 and a Carolina skiff boat.

He says he has insurance on the shop, but not the contents.

No injuries were reported in the fire.
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