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Three engine companies and four tankers respond to battle blaze

Jones County Fire Rescue responded to a large fire reported on Old Highway 18 last week that turned out to be an auto repair garage.

Jones County Fire Chief Don Graham said five calls came into the Jones County 911 center on the afternoon of Sept. 6 without an address. He said fire units followed the smoke and arrived at 188 Old Highway 18 at 3:38 p.m. to find a large auto shop under heavy fire conditions.

Graham said three engine companies and four tankers responded to the blaze that took more than two hours to suppress.

“The blaze had spread throughout the entire auto shop and had already breached through the roof,” Graham said. “There were no employees working or inside the shop when the fire started.”

The chief said the property owner, Bo Wagner, had maintained the shop for more than 40 years.

“Mr. Bo has built many race cars, engines and auto restorations through the years and had become very popular in the Middle Georgia area for his expertise in mechanics and racing.”

Graham added that no injuries were reported, but the auto shop and 40 years of tools were completely destroyed.

The cause of the blaze is undetermined at this time.