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Hot drill bit cause of West Fargo shop fire

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Firefighters battle a June 9, 2017, blaze at JWD Auto, 1918 Main Ave. E. in West Fargo.2 / 2

WEST FARGO — A June 9 fire that damaged a car repair shop here was caused by a hot drill bit, according to West Fargo Fire Chief Dan Fuller.

Fuller said an employee of JWD Auto, 1918 Main Ave. E., was using a drill to remove a rivet holding a gas tank in place when the hot bit went through the tank and ignited gas inside.

A fire started on the shop floor and spread to other cars, Fuller said.

When fire crews arrived, flames were blowing through the doors of the stall. No injuries were reported.

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