Belle Glade auto body shop fire: Shop opened in 1939 burned to the ground

Palm Beach County firefighters continue to check hot spots on an auto repair shop that burned down late last night in Belle Glade.

Flames broke out at Performance Auto Parts and Service on NW Avenue L around 11:50 pm.

When crews arrived, flames were shooting through the roof and the building had collapsed.

It took fire fighters nearly an hour to extinguish the blaze.

Vehicles surrounding the building and nearby propane tanks became a threat but only a few cars were damaged.

The auto repair shop had been around since 1939.

No one was inside at the time of the fire, but the owner says he lost two security dogs in the blaze.

Fire investigators hope to determine the cause in the morning.

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