UPDATE: Crews demolish building after fire at Celina auto dealership – WHIO

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CELINA — UPDATE: 6:35 a.m.

Crews demolished a building after a fire at Celina auto dealership Wednesday morning.

>>PHOTOS: Firefighters on scene of fire at auto dealership in Celina

Celina firefighters were dispatched at 1:10 a.m. to Kerns Chevrolet at the 200 block of South Walnut Street on initial reports of a structure fire.

Joel Lange, Celina Fire Chief, told News Center 7′s Xavier Hershovitz that a police officer saw fire and smoke coming from two windows.

“They weren’t able to locate an actual fire, a lot of heat, and smoke,” he said. “The fire was already upstairs because it looked like the stairs burned previously.”

Lange says the State Fire Marshall has been requested to the scene.

They are still dealing with smoke and flames, but no one was in the building at the time of the fire.

“This building can be replaced, nobody else can, human life is more valuable than a building,” he said. “The building is a total loss.”

Crews are in the process of tearing down the building.

We will continue to provide updates on this story.

-INITIAL STORY-

Several firefighters have responded to a business fire at a Celina auto dealership early Wednesday morning.

>>PHOTOS: Firefighters on scene of fire at auto dealership in Celina

Celina firefighters were dispatched at 1:10 a.m. to Kerns Chevrolet at the 200 block of South Walnut Street on initial reports of a structure fire.

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office tells News Center 7 that firefighters are at the scene, but no other details are available.

Video and photos from our Storm Center 7 Weather Cam from Celina show smoke coming from the building and several firefighters at the scene spraying water.

News Center 7′s Xavier Hershovitz is at the scene and providing LIVE updates on News Center 7′s Daybreak.

We have reached out to the Celina Fire Department and Mercer County Sheriff’s Office for more information and will provide updates.

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