In the pre-dawn hours Tuesday, firefighters from the Portsmouth Fire Department battled flames and frigid temperatures in their attempt to extinguish a fire at a building at Ninth and Court streets in Portsmouth.
Portsmouth Fire Chief Bill Raison said, at the scene, “They called me out about 4 (a.m.) o’clock, and I figure we had been at the scene for about 20 minutes.”
Raison told the Daily Times it appeared to be a garage used for auto repairs and that several cars were in the building and several more around the property.
“All of those cars had gas in them and when we first got here and poured water on them it didn’t do much good,” Raison said.
Raison was asked if anyone was in the building at the time of the fire and he said as far as he knew, there was no one in the building and the owner had already come to the scene.
As the daylight broke, it was apparent the building was a total loss and so were multiple vehicles outside the building.
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