Brothers Auto Fire

Firefightes are battling a smokey fire at Brother Auto 444 S. Prince Street in the city of Lancaster.

The cause of a Saturday night fire at a Lancaster city business is under investigation, fire officials said Sunday.

City firefighters were dispatched to Doctor Tire LLC, 444 S. Prince St., around 11:30 p.m. after an alarm was activated at the business. Neighbors also called 911 after seeing smoke from the building, according to city fire Capt. David Longenecker.

Based on reports from police arriving at the scene, Longenecker upgraded the call to three alarms as he was en route to the fire.

There were no reported injuries and the scene was cleared around 7:30 a.m., city fire bureau Capt. Todd Hutchinson said.

“There is going to be further investigations into this matter,” owner Carlos M. Cruz said as he boarded up the property Sunday.

His surveillance video caught what could be suspicious behavior in the alley prior to the beginning of the fire, he said.

Lancaster city and state police fire marshals are still investigating the cause of the fire, officials said Sunday.

Longenecker estimated the loss amount at $50,000. He said the structure itself sustained most of the damage with the contents left largely intact.

"There were about 15,000 tires inside. If the fire had burned a little longer and reached (the tires), we would've had a much different and larger event on our hands," Longenecker said. He lauded the quick actions of firefighters in quickly containing the blaze. 

Saturday night dispatch calls where originally for "Brother Auto," a business that used to share the building with Doctor Tire, Cruz said.

Doctor Tire LLC took over the entire building in April according to Cruz.

Advertisements for Brother Auto are still outside the building, he said.