WATCH: Fire Destroys Auto Dealership South of Ottumwa

By Ellis Codjoe, December 05, 2017

Wapello County Fire Crews were awoken early Tuesday morning to reports of a fully involved structure fire.

A passing motorist reported the fire at R and R Auto, a used car dealership and mechanic shop on Highway 63 just south of Ottumwa, at approximately 2:30.

The Wapello County Rural Volunteer Fire Department, Agency Fire Department and Floris and Pulaski fire department all answered the call.

Strong winds, gusting as high as 30 miles per hour, helped to fan the flames and spread the fire to the entire building. The business is a total loss as a result of the fire, however, crews were successful in preventing the fire from spreading to another building nearby.

The fire was still burning more than an hour after the call came in.

Wapello County Sheriff Deputies say they do not believe anyone was inside the building when the fire started.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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