Massive fire destroys hundreds of cars outside Burke County body shop

Massive fire destroys hundreds of cars outside Burke County body shop

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. — A huge fire burned hundreds of cars outside a Burke County body shop on New Year’s Day.

Channel 9 learned the fire at Morrison’s Body Shop on East Meeting Street in Morganton destroyed 200 cars and took crews nearly eight hours to put out.

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The shop’s owner, Calvin Morrison, told Channel 9 the cars, trucks and minivans were stacked four high and were supposed to be sent to a salvage yard.

He said he believes the fire started from homeless people who had camped near his business recently.

“I’ve run them off for two months and they come back. I was gonna crush next month and retire. I’m not gonna retire now. I’ll have to work 'til I die," he said.

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According to Morrison, he lost tens of thousands of dollars, but he’s thankful firefighters were able to stop the fire from doing more damage.

Firefighters told Channel 9 that two weeks ago, a second fire burned a homeless camp a few blocks from the shop.

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