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Fire damages auto shop

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Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 10:30 am

A fire of unknown origin damaged Whitestone Collision on Saturday night.

The blaze erupted in the rear of the building at 150-11 14 Road at 11:13 p.m. and was extinguished by 12:20 a.m., according to the FDNY. It went to a two-alarm with 25 units and 125 firefighters responding.

The fire remains under investigation, but Whitestone Collision owner John Kapsalis has vowed to stay open by using an adjacent annex from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The fire damaged the building as well as destroyed several cars.

“I witnessed the fire, which was huge, and the Fire Department was amazing,” said civic activist Devon O’Connor.

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